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Ben Tate signs with running back-needy Steelers

In desperate need of a feature back with Le'Veon Bell's immediate future uncertain, the Steelers signed former Texans, Vikings and Browns running back Ben Tate on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old was once thought to be the best running back on the open market back in March.

Some inside the Steelers organization are doubtful that Bell will make an appearance on Saturday in prime time against the Ravens, which would make the need for an all-purpose back like Tate that much greater.

In some respects, this is the ideal opportunity Tate has been waiting for. Just like former Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount knows, strong playoff performances can change perception, and after getting cut by two teams in less than a year, Tate was longing for that opportunity.

In 11 games this season, Tate has 119 attempts for 371 yards and four touchdowns. He will likely enter a platoon with rookies Dri Archer and Josh Harris, who took a bulk of the carries in Bell's absence on Sunday.

In a corresponding move, the Steelers waived wideout Justin Brown to make room on their roster.

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