The Facts: The Steelers need Bell for Sunday. Presumably, they'll have him. On Thursday, they didn't; Bell wasn't at practice. HC Mike Tomlin told reporters that Bell was excused from practice for "personal reasons." Tomlin also said that Bell will be ready to go on Sunday at New England.
Diehards Line: As PFT suggests, Bell has been more than ready to go in his first two career playoff games, setting franchise single-game postseason rushing records in both of them. He had 170 yards on Sunday night in Kansas City. We'll follow up as needed, but assume Bell will be playing as usual.