The team announced Friday that it ruled out Bell, who suffered a hyperextended knee in Week 17.
Bell told NFL Media’s Aditi Kinkhabwala on Thursday that he didn’t attempt to run because he didn’t feel comfortable testing the knee.
Coach Mike Tomlin told reporters earlier in the week that his team was preparing to play as if the best dual-threat running back in the NFL wouldn’t be able to play.
Rookie Josh Harris will likely see the bulk of the backfield action Saturday. Dri Archer can play a role as pass catcher out of the backfield on passing downs and newly signed Ben Tate could also see action in a committee attack.
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