Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said Thursday that the team prefers to ink Bell to a long-term contract extension this offseason rather than applying the franchise tag on the running back, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports. "We never will discount the use of the tag because that's collectively bargained," Colbert said Thursday. "But again, our goal is to have something done on a long-term basis.
McLemore will undergo surgery Sunday to repair the dislocated left ankle, fractured tibia and torn ligaments in the same leg that he suffered in Saturday's 84-75 loss to South Carolina. He'll miss the rest of the season and require 4-to-6 months of recovery time, Josh Vitale of the Opelika-Auburn News reports.