Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Still no Bell as Steelers begin Week 2 preparations

Still no Bell as Steelers begin Week 2 preparations

The Le'Veon Bell saga continues to drag on in Pittsburgh as the running back with almost 1,300 yards rushing and 11 total touchdowns in 2017 refused to show up to team headquarters ahead of the squad's week 2 home contest versus Kansas City.

Bell's replacement, James Conner, rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns to go with 57 receiving yards on five catches for Pittsburgh in the contest vs Browns which ended in a rare tie. He has yet to sign his franchise tender as he looks to reduce his workload heading into free agency.

Bell is not on the Steelers' depth chart, which is a change from last week.

Bell has held out since training camp after failing to come to terms on a contract extension with the Steelers.

With the Steelers beginning their second week of regular season practice, the OH native remains AWOL and it appears increasingly likely his future might lie away from Pittsburgh.

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The Steelers have no choice but to move forward without their star running back ahead of their home opener against the Chiefs. He would be paid around $14.5 million this season if he were to sign his tender.

Is Bell concerned about missing time with the Steelers?

Crucially, only his signing bonus of over $10 million was guaranteed, less than a quarter of the amount included in Gurley's new deal, and less than what LeSean McCoy got when he signed with the Buffalo Bills in 2015, when he got over $18 million guaranteed.

The running back's holdout over contract disputes has been ongoing for months now, as he wants a longer and more lucrative deal than the franchise tag offer the Steelers have put on the table.

Although this is only one week, history has shown us that the Steelers are able to survive just fine without the dynamic running back on the field.

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