Mike Tomlin says running back Le’Veon Bell is “going to play” Sunday when the Pittsburgh Steelers face the Minnesota Vikings in London.
Bell has been sidelined since sustaining a mid-foot sprain in an Aug. 19 preseason game. He practiced with the team last week.
“He’s been doing a nice job of working from a rehabilitation standpoint,” Tomlin said via ESPN. “But we’ll let the practice process be our guide as far as deciding how much work he gets in the football game.”
The Steelers (0-3) are averaging 51.7 yards per game and rank No. 31 in the NFL.
“We’re all falling short right now, coaches included, so we’re not trying to throw anybody under the bus or identify anybody as an Achilles heel or a weak link,” Tomlin said. “The reality is that we all need to work collectively together to solve our issues.”
Tomlin also said he’s optimistic that cornerback Cortez Allen, who is recovering from an ankle injury, will be able to play.
Defensive end Brett Keisel and nose tackle Steve McLendon will be limited in practice because of hamstring injuries. Both, Tomlin said, are expected to play against the Vikings (0-3).