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Steelers' Bell sits out preseason opener

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Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell practices Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, at St. Vincent. Bell did not play in Saturday's preseason opener.
Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, 7:24 p.m.
 

Steelers rookie Le'Veon Bell unexpectedly did not dress for Saturday night's exhibition game against the Giants, which was expected to be his first test as the team's running back of the future.

Bell has a sore left knee that apparently occurred during one of the live tackling sessions this week.

According to team spokesman Burt Lauten, coach Mike Tomlin said he didn't see enough of Bell during practice Thursday or Friday to allow him to play. Tomlin said there will be plenty of time to evaluate Bell in game action during the three remaining preseason games.

Bell has emerged as the front-runner to be the opening-day starter, and Tomlin said Thursday that Bell would take snaps with the starters against New York.

But when the Steelers came out for their pregame warmup at Heinz Field, Bell — a second-round draft pick in April — was not in uniform.

Bell was wearing a T-shirt and shorts but did not have a wrap on either leg.

 

 

 
 


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