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Mike Tomlin: Le'Veon Bell to play Sunday for Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers are about to get a much-needed lift at running back.

Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported late Monday night that rookie Le'Veon Bell is expected to play when the Steelers meet the Minnesota Vikings in London on Sunday.

Coach Mike Tomlinconfirmed the news at his Tuesday press conference.

This has been an acceleration of the recovery clock for Bell, who was sidelined after suffering a mid-foot sprain during a Steelers' preseason game last month. According to Glazer, Bell "progressed faster" than the team had anticipated.

A second-round pick in April's draft, Bell was in line to be the Steelers' starter out of training camp before his Aug. 19 injury. He'll be a welcome addition to a stagnant backfield that stands as a contributing factor to Pittsburgh's 0-3 start.

Felix Jones, Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman have combined for 124 yards on 40 carries, an average of 3.2 yards per rush. Bell is in prime position to become the Steelers' primary ball carrier in short order.

He can add balance to a Steelers offense that desperately needs it.

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