Steelers don't expect Bell to report this week

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Le'Veon Bell is expected to report to the Pittsburgh Steelers at some point during the Week 7 bye so he can play against the Cleveland Browns on October 28, but he has apparently not informed the team of his intentions. The Steelers are on their bye this week, the players are off Thursday through Sunday, so now the Bell watch begins for next Monday, Oct. 22. Although James Conner has been playing exceptionally as the replacement running back, it's hard to imagine the Steelers struggling as much with Bell on the field.

"I don't know, I". But that now appears unlikely to happen, according to a new report from ESPN.

Despite Bell's absence, the Steelers' offense now ranks fifth in total yards per game (417.7), a season after ranking third (387.7). They previously reported that Bell was rumored to return around the Steelers' bye in week 7. Which could, in theory, result in Bell not signing the tender.

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Additionally, Bell is costing himself money by not returning during the bye week. It is well-known the 26-year-old star wants a lucrative contract in free agency this off-season, and the Steelers seem unlikely to give it to him. With the exception of Todd Gurley, Bell is the most dynamic running back in the NFL.

The Steelers also could elect to trade Bell by the National Football League deadline, which is October 30.

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