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Ben Tate signs contract with Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Tate signs contract with Pittsburgh Steelers

Le'Veon Bell spent a portion of his Tuesday testing his hyperextended right knee on an exercise bike. The Pittsburgh Steelers spent it preparing for life without their most valuable player.

The Steelers signed well-traveled running back Ben Tate as a backup plan in case Bell's knee doesn't respond in time for Saturday night's wild-card game against the Baltimore Ravens. The sight of his budding star grinding through a workout might have been encouraging, but Coach Mike Tomlin hardly seems optimistic, pointing out "there won't be any bikes on the field."

Instead, there will be the NFL's fourth-ranked run defense. Even...