Pittsburgh Steelers: Le’Veon Bell protecting his future

Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell expected to sign franchise tender fairly soonMore

Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell expected to sign franchise tender fairly soonMore

Bell is set to play on the franchise tag yet again and will be paid $14.5 million for the season - if he signs.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Bell has not reported to Steelers camp as of mid-day on Monday, continuing his holdout that has lasted all of training camp. But during Coach Mike Tomlin's news conference today at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, he answered three questions with one-word answers, and those answers spoke volumes about how the Steelers are viewing their running back situation heading into the 2018 regular season opener in Cleveland. The ongoing dispute between the running back and the Steelers seemingly has hit a standstill that's resulted in Bell missing time on the practice field.

All of this simply hinges on when the 26-year-old will decide to make his return to the team this week as it will dictate his availability for the season opener.

Mike Tomlin doesn't know when Le'Veon Bell is going to show up for work. It's unclear this time around if he'll start the season with the club.

"We are disappointed Bell has not signed his franchise tender and rejoined his team-mates", Colbert said in a statement.

Addressing injuries, Tomlin expects every player on the 53-man roster to be at least a partial participant Wednesday, including tight end Vance McDonald, who has missed more than a month because of a foot injury. "We spent a lot of time talking about the growth and development of James Conner, and appropriately so".

So Tomlin declined to get into specifics about how long it might take for Bell to get ready to play after not practicing for eight months.

Tomlin insists he has too much going on getting ready to chase a third straight AFC North title to keep checking Bell's locker for evidence of his arrival. "It's fine. He showed up past year at the same time".

"When we look at ourselves, the overall health of our team is pretty good". The team had a bonus practice Monday and, unlike past year, Bell was not a part of it. "I'm not talking about on the field".

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