Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell sustained a hyperextended right knee in the second half of Sunday night's win over the Cincinnati Bengals. He did not return to the game but an MRI on Monday showed that there was no structural damage in the knee, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin had said following the game that the injury was not serious. According to Schefter, Bell's status for Saturday's playoff game will depend on how he feels, but it will be "difficult" for the running back to play.
"We’ll gather more significant information as we proceed through the week," Tomlin told reporters after the game, according to ESPN.com. "We’re thankful that it’s not anything major."
Bell, a second-year pro from Michigan State, rushed for 1,361 yards and eight touchdowns this season. He was also active in the passing game, with 83 receptions for 854 yards and three touchdowns.
The Steelers open the playoffs against the AFC North rival Baltimore Ravens at home on Saturday.
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