Steelers' Le'Veon Bell: Unlikely to report by deadline

Bell (contract dispute) isn't expected to report to the Steelers by Tuesday's deadline, which would make him ineligible to return this season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Bell was spotted in Pittsburgh earlier this week but has yet to join the team and has offered no further indication he intends to report, even though owner Art Rooney II recently told SiriusXM NFL Radio he believed the running back would be in the fold by Tuesday. If Schefter's report comes to pass and the 26-year-old does end up taking off the full season, he'll apparently be content to head into free agency knowing Pittsburgh is unlikely to issue the franchise tag a third time, though it's worth noting the Steelers could try a transition tag angle. James Conner (concussion) would continue to act as the workhorse back for the Steelers if Bell remains away from the team, assuming Conner's head injury doesn't prove to be significant. Stevan Ridley and Jaylen Samuels are the remaining running backs on the roster.

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