We all thought we were finally going to see Le'Veon Bell return to the Steelers.
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"I don't know, I". Multiple reports say the Steelers aren't expecting him back until next Monday, at the earliest. Bell was negotiating for a long-term contract worth much more money, but talks fell apart and the talented running back has not reported to practice all season.
If it weren't for a lone reporter sitting across the street outside UPMC Rooney Sports Complex monitoring the entrance to the facility, it would've been just like any other Steelers Monday over the past six weeks. But that now appears unlikely to happen, according to a new report from ESPN.
Despite that statement, as of Sunday, Bell had still not been in touch with team officials or players, sources told Schefter. That would put him out for almost half the season.
Despite Bell's absence, the Steelers' offense now ranks fifth in total yards per game (417.7), a season after ranking third (387.7).
Additionally, Bell is costing himself money by not returning during the bye week.
In the grand scheme of things, the Pittsburgh Steelers probably didn't want to have their bye week this week. Bell was scheduled to make roughly $14.5 million this year after being franchise-tagged by the Steelers this offseason.