The Steelers are having former Browns running back Ben Tate in for a visit today according to ESPN.
Former Browns and Texans RB Ben Tate visiting Steelers today, per league source. If visit goes well, Steelers expected to sign him.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 30, 2014
Tate was drafted by the Texans in the 2nd round of the 2010 draft. He served a back up role behind Arian Foster in Houston until signing with the Browns as a free agent this year. While not an explosive back, Tate is a solid back up. The beginning of his season in Cleveland was hampered by a knee sprain, but he did manage 123 rushing yards in week 5. He hinted at times that the Browns run blocking was sub-par, and complained about sharing the work load with rookie running backs. The Browns waived him in the middle of November.
While Le’Veon Bell’s MRI showed no ligament damage yesterday, it’s still likely that he will not be able to play on Saturday night. If Bell has to sit out, the Steelers don’t have a lot of options aside from rookie running backs Josh Harris and Dri Archer.
Let’s not forget about Will Johnson. While he’s served more as a tight end, the veteran fullback is also an option for getting some carries. Todd Haley said in the beginning of the season that Will Johnson would serve as an emergency running back if Bell was hurt, so he could be part of the game plan.
According to Jason LaCanfora, the team isn’t planning on having any other running backs in for tryouts.
The Steelers are hosting Ben Tate today as ESPN reported, with Le'Veon Bell likely out this week. He is the only RB they're bringing in
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) December 30, 2014