Steelers Prepared To Start James Conner With Le'Veon Bell Still Absent

Steelers officially throwing all the pressure on Le’Veon Bell

Bell is set to play on the franchise tag yet again and will be paid $14.5 million for the season - if he signs.

Team captains Maurkice Pouncey and Cam Heyward said they've communicated with Bell, but they wouldn't disclose particulars.

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement that he is "disappointed [Bell] has not signed his franchise tender and rejoined his teammates" as the star running back continues his holdout.

Mike Tomlin was emphatic about that on Tuesday when asked if he is more comfortable with what he has behind Bell today than he was going to Cleveland previous year.

Despite what Pouncey said, you might not want to completely "count" on that information and that's because he admitted that he was totally guessing on the date and that he hasn't actually talked to Bell about it. "You ever think the Raiders would let him go?" That's not to say Bouchette is a team mouthpiece, but logic and observing practice led to him putting his assessment out there. They did it without Bell, and it sure seemed like the Steelers couldn't care less. "That's the appropriate thing". It's fine. He showed up a year ago at the same time. Cleveland is a good team.

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"I hadn't thought about it", Tomlin said at his weekly press conference.

Last year, when Bell also played on the franchise tag, he reported on Labor Day, practiced four times and then played in the season opener in Cleveland. However, one of the team's best players has yet to show up to the practice field.

If he misses games this year, Bell could lose around $855,000 per contest.

Bell has stayed away from the team as a way to avoid injury and exercise his leverage as he seeks a contract extension.

The longer Bell delays his arrival - it would cost him $855,000 for each week he misses - the closer the Steelers get to starting second-year player James Conner at running back.

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