The Pittsburgh Steelers are sweating on the fitness of stud running back Le'Veon Bell as they prepare for this Sunday's Wild Card playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens.
With just six days to go until the crunch game all signs seem to point to Bell missing out as he bids to recover from a hyperextended knee and with the franchise having relied so heavily on the third-year star's talents in 2014 it is no surprise that those in charge have already moved to find a replacement.
Calling in back up
As reported by Adam Schefter, the Pittsburgh Steelers are in discussions with Ben Tate today with the former Browns and Vikings man set to sign with the team barring any last minute hiccups.
Tate, who ended the 2014 regular season with the Minnesota Vikings having been waived by the Cleveland Browns.
Despite his disruptive season Tate still managed four touchdowns, rushing for 371 yards on 119 attempts in total.
The addition of Tate would certainly bring experience to the Steelers running back corp. Having cut LeGarrette Blount earlier this season following the now-Patriots infamous mid-game walk out the team currently only have rookies Josh Harris and Dri Archer on the roster to replace Bell on Sunday.
Mike Tomlin and co will of course still be hoping to see Bell make a recovery in time to suit up on Sunday. In 16 games this season Bell rushed for 1,361 yards on 290 attempts, scoring eight touchdowns in the process.
Having Ben Tate, even as back up, going forward would still give Pittsburgh an extra edge in the postseason if they can make it past the Ravens this weekend.
What do you think Pittsburgh fans? Can Tate step in to replace Bell, or are your playoff hopes in major trouble if the RB cannot suit up. Let us know in the comments section below...
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