Steelers still haven’t heard from Le’Veon Bell


The Pittsburgh Steelers still haven't heard from Le'Veon Bell despite his plan to report in time to be ready for their October 28 game against the Baltimore Ravens.

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

Again, the expectation is that Bell will report to the team sometime between this Monday and Monday, Oct. 22, but no one in the organization has any idea when he'll actually return, according to Schefter.

Despite that, Chris Mortensen of ESPN is reporting that second-year running back James Conner will continue to keep the starting role even with Bell being available.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the news.

Per a league source with knowledge of the situation, the Steelers as of early Sunday evening had heard nothing at all from Bell. But finding someone who will take on Bell's salary for half a season, without knowing what kind of shape he's in and remaining unsure whether or not Bell will play ball, could be hard.

The Steelers made it very clear they're willing to trade Bell if they find the right partner. By rule, the Steelers and Bell must agree in writing as to the amount of Bell's compensation before he signs the tender. "I still do want to go out there and win a Super Bowl with the Steelers".

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