Le’Veon Bell’s Status For Week 1 Has Reportedly Been Decided

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His teammates seem to be preparing for the Browns with the realization Bell will not be on the field this Sunday.

Bell has not signed a $14.5 million tender as the team's designated franchise player, and it's unclear when he plans to return to the team. "You do those things and all the dominoes fall", Tomlin says. Drafted 48th overall in 2013, Bell is a two-time first-team All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowler who has racked up almost 8,000 yards from scrimmage and 42 total touchdowns in 62 career games.

Per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, the team reportedly offered Bell a contract for $13 million (£10m) annually that would increase over time, but the running back rejected the offer in hopes of obtaining more money.

"I just felt confident that he was gonna come", center Maurkice Pouncey said Wednesday. [James] Conner looks great.

"Le'Veon has several years ahead of him in football", Bakari told NFL Live.

Bell's chair remained tucked neatly into his locker on Wednesday, meaning he will nearly certainly not be available when the Steelers open the season in Cleveland this weekend. "We'll worry about him in Week 2", Pouncey said, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Tim Benz. Team spokesman Burt Lauten said the club would not conduct talks with Bakari through the media, adding "if Adisa would like to talk further, he has the phone number to our offices". "I think he gets to his spot really quick, which is awesome for a quarterback". But if Bell signs his current tag at any time prior to November 13, the Steelers would have to either tag him a third time at a hefty price tag next offseason or let him hit free agency. All of us would be hurt a little bit in that situation but ... we have a game this Sunday, now we're all the way into the game plan, as Wednesday goes, and you're still not here?

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Despite suffering a serious MCL injury in 2015, he stormed back in the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 seasons, rushing for 1,267 and 1,291 yards respectively and playing a key role in Pittsburgh's playoff runs during those seasons.

Bell should just say if he is sitting until week 10 or if he will be back in week 4.

He's one of the best in the league and earned the right to take his time, they said. Not only did the Steelers running back "like" Bleacher Report's Instagram post of Pouncey and Foster's comments, but he also left an ominous one-word reply. Paying players based on their production - rather than the position they play, a topic broached this offseason by my NFL.com colleague Bucky Brooks - is the approach teams should take when working with transcendent talents.

Now, the Steelers are about to start a season without Bell, a player whose teammates are quick to call one of the best in the business and even quicker to call out for being a no-show. The Steelers are 3.5-point favorites at Cleveland in Week 1 (opened at -6.5) and remain 10-1 to win the Super Bowl.