With just five days to go until the Steelers kick off their regular season in Cleveland, Bell is running out of time to report if he wants to play in Week 1.
The All-Pro running back, who hasn't signed his $14.54 million franchise-tag tender, wasn't at practice when it started at 10:45 a.m. ET at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. "Coach Tomlin and the coaching staff will continue to focus on preparing the players on our roster for our regular season opener on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns". But, the closer Sunday becomes without any answers from Bell or the Steelers, the more questions arise surrounding the 26-year-old's future. "We had a rookie that missed a lot of time due to soft tissue injuries and lack of general readiness to a guy that's done the things that we've outlined".
#Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin on the still-absent Le'Veon Bell perhaps showing up tomorrow: "I hadn't thought abt it".
"We are disappointed Le'Veon Bell has not signed his franchise tender and rejoined his teammates", GM Kevin Colbert said in a statement Monday. Of course, the Bengals also employ wide receiver and seven-time Pro Bowl selection A.J. Green, who caught 75 passes for 1,078 yards last season. "He's put that on display though this process". Yes, it would on one hand make sense for Bell to play all 16 games and be a beast in the interest of earning a massive contract next offseason.
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"Is there anything you won't do, or won't do as much of (in this opener in Cleveland), as you might have done with Bell?"
In 2017, Bell did not take part in any off-season activities during his first year on the franchise tag.
"Do you feel more comfortable with what you have behind Le'Veon going into Cleveland than you did past year?"
Browns WR Jarvis Landry - Landry has made plenty of headlines for his role on HBO's "Hard Knocks", but the Browns will need him to back up his talk on the field. All four players participated in practice Monday. "He will be at least a partial participant (Wednesday), and we will see what the result of that work is".