When is No. 26 finally going to walk through the doors? Throughout the past few days, multiple reports have come out stating star Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell would show up to practice on Wednesday.
However, things have hit a bit of a snag.
After Ian Rapoport reported on Tuesday night the 6-1, 225-pounder would be in the house today, a new update out of Pittsburgh has surfaced, and it's not encouraging news for the team or fans.
#Steelers have a team meeting at 9am. One of Le’Veon Bell’s teammates just messaged me: no sign of him yet.— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) September 5, 2018
As everyone knows by now, Bell turned down a five-year, $70 million deal from the Steelers this offseason.
His holdout hasn't been much of a surprise, as he stated he'd return to the team by the start of Week 1, similar to last year.
From a strictly business perspective Le'Veon Bell smart to show up Friday or Saturday so he still gets his $855K but Steelers don't play him Sunday.— Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) September 5, 2018
20-25 less touches and one less game of injury risk but still gets his $.
But, the longer he holds out, the less likely it is he'll be able to see significant time on the field come Week 1 against the Browns on Sunday.
Bell had another brilliant campaign in 2017, rushing for 1,291 yards and nine touchdowns. He added 655 yards and two additional scores through the air.
One thing was clear in that #Steelers locker room today. Players believe in James Conner. They all praised his work ethic and improvement in blitz pickup among other things.— Bob Pompeani (@KDPomp) September 3, 2018
With rookie standout James Conner expected to take the lead as the starting RB this weekend, Pittsburgh remains confident in its offense and the potential to take down the Browns on the road.
Right now, it's looking like they'll have to do so without Bell getting a good amount of touches. For everyone involved, though, they'd like the superstar to get his rear inside the team facility ASAP.