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Le'Veon Bell not ready to test knee on Thursday

After insisting that his hyperextended knee felt great on Wednesday, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell wasn't quite as optimistic on Thursday.

Bell revealed to NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala that he didn't attempt to run on Thursday because he didn't feel comfortable testing the knee.

Coach Mike Tomlin is calling for an extra practice on Friday, giving Bell one last-ditch chance to try running and cutting. Even if Bell doesn't go on Friday, offensive coordinator Todd Haley said he would be comfortable playing his star tailback without practice if the knee checks out by Saturday's pre-game routine, per Kinkhabwala.

Teammate Antonio Brown told Kinkhabwala that he's confident Bell will suit up, if only because "it's a really big game" against the rival Baltimore Ravens.

In the meantime, the Steelers are preparing undrafted rookie Josh Harris as the starter, with the tight ends and offensive line picking up slack in pass protection.

At this point, Brown appears to be alone in his belief that the NFL's second-leading rusher will take a sudden turn for the better over the next 36 hours.

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