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Steelers could sign RB Tate


Running back Ben Tate could join his third team in seven weeks if a visit with the Pittsburgh Steelers goes well Tuesday.

The Steelers are in need at the position with Pro Bowl featured back Le’Veon Bell expected to miss Sunday’s wild-card game with a hyperextended knee.

Tate was released by the Cleveland Browns in November. He had a season-high 25 carries against the Steelers on Oct. 12, gaining 78 yards and scoring twice.

Tate was claimed by the Minnesota Vikings on waivers but had only 13 carries for 38 yards in five games before he was waived again.

The Steelers waived LeGarrette Blount in November and their backup ballcarriers barely registered on the stat sheet in the regular season. The second-leading rusher on the roster among running backs was rookie Dri Archer, a 5-foot-7 return man, who had 10 carriers for 40 yards in 2014.

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