Le’Veon Bell Keeping Steelers In Dark; Trade Still On Table

Tyler Owen
October 22, 2018

Although Le'Veon Bell has been planning to report to the Steelers in time to be ready for their October 28 game against the Browns, Pittsburgh team officials and players have not heard anything from the star running back, sources told ESPN.

From a financial standpoint, it makes sense for Bell to report at some point in the next week or so. Players are also required to have at least four consecutive days off during the bye week as written in the collective bargaining agreement, which would mean less practice time for Bell.

Bell did not report to the team's facility on Monday.

Now, it seems that Bell won't be back in Pittsburgh until after the bye.

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"I miss football", Bell said earlier this month.

Despite that statement, as of Sunday, Bell had still not been in touch with team officials or players, sources told Schefter. In fact, with the volume of conflicting rumors about Bell's eventual return, everyone should just act like he's never showing up.

Pittsburgh will head into its bye week without Bell, a star player now not under contract after refusing to sign his $14.54 million franchise tender with the club.

Despite Bell's absence, the Steelers' offense now ranks fifth in total yards per game (417.7), a season after ranking third (387.7). James Conner has played well in his place, establishing himself as a dual-threat weapon.

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