Bell (contract dispute) isn't expected to report to the Steelers this week, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Prior reports suggested that Bell would rejoin his teammates in Pittsburgh during the Steelers' Week 7 bye, but it appears the star running back is content to continue his holdout at least a little while longer. A bit of evidence emerged Monday when Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Bell wasn't yet on the Steelers' premises. Even if Bell doesn't return during the bye, he could still earn a paycheck for the current week by reporting to the squad Oct. 22, two days ahead of the Steelers' first official practice of Week 8. Whether or not Bell reverses course and returns to the Steelers this week or at some unknown point in the future, the backfield has been in good hands during his absence. Currently, James Conner ranks fifth in the NFL with 453 rushing yards, to which he's tacked on 257 yards receiving and seven total touchdowns in six games.
Bell (contract dispute) didn't report to the Steelers' facility Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Expected to end his holdout and rejoin the Steelers during the team's bye Week 7, Bell hasn't made an appearance in Pittsburgh just yet. Technically, he has until next Monday, Oct. 22 to report and sign the franchise tag, so the waiting game continues. Due to the impressive start to the season by his replacement James Conner, there's no telling what kind of workload Bell will take on in his first game back with the team, which could happen Sunday, Oct. 28 against the Browns.
Though Bell plans to report to the Steelers during their Week 7 bye, team officials haven't been in communication with the running back, sources tell Adam Schefter of ESPN. Since Bell hasn't formally reached out to club officials or his teammates, the Steelers aren't certain when exactly the running back will show up to team facilities during the upcoming week, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com. If Bell holds true to his Week 7 deadline, he could report to the team between Monday and Oct. 22, which would still allow to him accrue a paycheck. Once Bell reports to the team, it's expected that he'll sign his $14.5 million franchise tender and officially end his holdout, but it's uncertain that he'll immediately gain a prominent role in the offense Week 8 against the Browns. In addition to shaking off any rust from his time away from the team, Bell will have to fend off James Conner, who has proven to be a viable replacement in his stead.
Though there have been reports that Bell is expected to report to the Steelers during the team's (Week 7) bye, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports suggests that the franchise has yet to be informed of the running back's plans and is open to dealing Bell "at the right price." Of course, there are obstacles (including cap implications) to considering such a move, but in any case, Bell remains away from the team, with no confirmed return date. As a result, James Conner will continue to head the Steelers' backfield in Week 5 and presumably Week 6, at a minimum.
Bell (contract dispute) is expected to report to the Steelers during the team's Week 7 bye, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports. Bell still must sign the franchise tag before suiting up this season, but at least there's a sign that he'll return in the near future. If he indeed reports to the Steelers' facility Week 7, his first chance to take the field will be Sunday, Oct. 28 against the Browns.
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