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

Steelers RB Bell a no-show as opener vs. Browns looms

Steelers RB Bell a no-show as opener vs. Browns looms

"We are disappointed Le'Veon Bell has not signed his franchise tender and rejoined his teammates".

The Steelers organization announced its disappointment with Bell on Monday, but Pouncey said the players understand why the All-Pro running back is holding out and expect him to deliver another superb season.

But he does have a hunch - and only that - that the All-Pro running back will arrive in time as the Steelers begin installing their game plan for Sunday's season opener against the Browns in Cleveland.

Last season, Bell reported in time for Week 1 and played the entire season on a $12.2 million franchise tag.

Mike Tomlin needed one word to describe why he feels better about Le'Veon Bell's absence this year compared to last.

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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).

The Steelers hold a big, unlikely card, as they could rescind the franchise tag on Bell and make him available as an unrestricted free agent.

Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey told ESPN: "He'll be here Wednesday".

Jones had spent the past five seasons on the roster, including three as Ben Roethlisberger's backup, before being let go Saturday.

"My focus is on this team and who is here", Heyward said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. That's not to say Bouchette is a team mouthpiece, but logic and observing practice led to him putting his assessment out there. "We've got other things to worry about than other guys' money". "I trust James", he said. They did it without Bell, and it sure seemed like the Steelers couldn't care less. "He provided good and consistent play for us". Conner received the first-team reps in preseason, and Tomlin said the game plan will not be altered if Bell isn't on the field.

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