It was expected that Bell would be reporting to the team after staying away all offseason. The star tailback has not signed his franchise tag, and there's no indication of when he plans to report to the Steelers. Four of those carries came in Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns when he tallied 11 yards backing up Bell, who had just reported after a similar holdout previous year.
Bell's agent, Adisa Bakari, told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday morning that Bell will "get there when he's there".
All eyes over the past week have been on Bell, yet the three-time Pro Bowler, ironically, is nowhere to be found. "I just hate it came to this", Steelers guard Ramon Foster said, via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Here's a guy who doesn't give a damn, I guess, so we'll treat it as such.
"He's making seven times what I make twice as much as (left tackle) Al (Villanueva) is making and we're the guys who do it for him".More news: Off-Duty Dallas Officer Shoots, Kills Man After Entering Wrong Apartment
Tell us how you really feel.
PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 14: Le'Veon Bell #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field on January 14, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
That time came and passed.
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Steelers fans don't want to hear it, but it's a reality they may have to face very shortly: Le'Veon Bell could hold out until Week 10. "It's kind of weird". Pittsburgh placed the franchise tag on Bell each time. All that feels like years ago now.
Le'Veon Bell's holdout is getting old fast in the Steelers' locker room. It sucks that he's not here. we'll move on as a team.
There had been speculation if he would report or not after he failed to do so on Monday for the team's first regular season practice.More news: Student poster prank in Texas McDonald's goes unnoticed for nearly two months
Back in 2015, the Steelers offense seemed to function just fin, even though Bell missed 10 games during the season.