Mike Tomlin wanted to see rookie running back Le'Veon Bell perform with the first team during Saturday's first preseason game.

But the Steelers' coach would rather see Bell healthy.

Tomlin unexpectedly scratched Bell from the lineup because of a sore knee that has been bothering Bell for the past week. Isaac Redman got the start and LaRod Stephens-Howling carried the bulk of the first-team load.

“Going into the game it was my decision not to play Le'Veon Bell” Tomlin said. “He worked at a limited capacity last week. I watched in our practice in preparation for our game Friday morning and didn't see enough for me to be comfortable enough to start his career in less than ideal circumstances from a health standpoint.”

Tomlin said that Bell will practice when the Steelers return to Latrobe on Monday.
“I was just resting to make sure I do not come into the game and hurt it any more than it already was” Bell said.