Steelers don't expect Bell to report this week

Report: Steelers still haven't heard from Bell

NFL Rumors: Le’Veon Bell Keeping Steelers In Dark; Trade Still On Table

Per NFL Network's Judy Battista, the team is not expecting the veteran running back to report to the facility this week, according to a source.

Further complicating matters is that Pittsburgh has a bye in Week 7, which means Bell may not be in any rush to come back.

Although Le'Veon Bell has been planning to report to the Steelers in time to be ready for their October 28 game against the Browns, Pittsburgh team officials and players have not heard anything from the star running back, sources told ESPN.

No one within the Steelers organization knows exactly when Bell will report this upcoming week, which was previously reported by ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. Fowler sort of walked back that report on Monday, extending his prediction to next week.

Even if Bell returns, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has argued for weeks that Conner shouldn't be sent into the shadows.

The Steelers are on their bye this week and the players are off Thursday through Sunday.

Despite Bell's absence, the Steelers' offense now ranks fifth in total yards per game (417.7), a season after ranking third (387.7). 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.

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