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Le'Veon Bell out for Steelers' wild-card game against Ravens

Le'Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers is injured

Le'Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers is injured after being hit by Reggie Nelson of the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter at Heinz Field on December 28, 2014 in Pittsburgh. Credit: Getty Images

PITTSBURGH - Le'Veon Bell's injured right knee won't be ready in time for Saturday's wild-card game against Baltimore.

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin ruled his star running back out of the first round of the playoffs on Friday after Bell missed a third straight day of practice.

Bell hyperextended the knee in last Sunday's AFC North-clinching win over Cincinnati. Tomiln said he would not play Bell unless he was certain Bell was healthy enough to protect himself. Bell was walking without a limp by Wednesday but never suited up for practice.

Rookies Josh Harris and Dri Archer along with newly acquired Ben Tate will all get a chance at replacing Bell, who set a franchise record with 2,215 yards from scrimmage.

It's unclear whether Bell would be available if Pittsburgh advances.

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