Published: Wed, September 05, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Pittsburgh Steelers confident in James Conner amid Le'Veon Bell's absence

Pittsburgh Steelers confident in James Conner amid Le'Veon Bell's absence

On Monday, the Pittsburgh Steelers running back was a no-show from the first day of regular season preparations and general manager Kevin Colbert was so pissed about it, he had to release a statement about it to the media.

Center Maurkice Pouncey has suggested Wednesday will be the day Bell reports and signs his franchise tender, but head coach Mike Tomlin was indifferent to that possibility.

Bell's continued holdout means the Steelers will likely have to rely on backup running back James Conner unless he resurfaces in the coming days (before the Steelers' opener against the Cleveland Browns).

With running back Le'Veon Bell still on a holdout with less than a week before the new National Football League season kicks off, it's becoming increasingly apparent that he won't be there on the field when his team takes on the Cleveland Browns this coming Sunday. Bell is due to make $14.55 million under the one-year franchise tag, which he has yet to sign. "We put him in the backseat, strap him in and be ready to go".

"My focus is on this team and who is here", Heyward said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"He'll be here Wednesday", Pouncey said Monday, via NFL Network. Whenever he comes, we'll welcome him with open arms.

He can still show up at any point and sign the tag, but he can also, by collective bargaining agreement, skip the first nine weeks of the season, show up for week 10 and still count that as a full year of service. In July, Le'Veon tweeted that he envisioned 2018 being his best season to date, as of right now that's looking rather unlikely, at least in a Steelers' uniform. "Totally fine, trust me". "That's the appropriate thing". Cleveland is a good team. However, one of the team's best players has yet to show up to the practice field. The vast majority of guys who missed some time throughout the process have worked in some capacity and even participated in the last preseason game.

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