Thur Pract Rep for @Steelers: Bell (knee), Harrison (ill) LJones (ill) DNP; Adams, McLendon, Palmer, Troy, Ike all participate fully.— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) January 1, 2015
Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell wasn't expected to practice Thursday, and he didn't. It appears a decision on his availability for Saturday's game won't be made until the final minute, but a continued lack of full reps suggests Bell won't participate in the team's first playoff game since 2011.
Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison (illness) also missed practice, while Troy Polamalu, Ike Taylor, Steve McLendon and Mike Adams all practiced fully. Taylor and Polamalu have been out since Week 15 and 16, respectively, and opinion as swirled around whether they should be brought back into a secondary that's been playing better in their absence than they had all year. The Steelers' defense has registered four takeaways in the last two games, both wins, and have tacked onto a four-game winning streak, the longest such streak they've had since Weeks 7-10 in 2012.