Steelers still haven't heard from Bell

Report: Steelers still haven't heard from Bell

Conner has performed quite well in Bell's absence as he's now fifth with 403 rushing yards and second with seven rushing touchdowns along with 26 receptions for 257 receiving yards in the first six games played.

The Steelers do not expect running back Le'Veon Bell to return to the team this week, according to ESPN's Adam 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.

Bell could report during that time, and be paid for this week as well, but the Steelers remain in wait-and-see mode. He's been fined a reported $853,000 for every game he's missed, which adds up to $5,118,000 in total fines so far.

He rushed for 1,291 yards with nine touchdowns over 15 games in 2017 with the Steelers, his fifth year in Pittsburgh.

Bell has been sitting out the entire season, refusing to sign his franchise tender.

Sources told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler earlier this month that Bell meant to report to the Steelers during the Week 7-8 time frame. He also caught four passes for 18 yards to finish with 129 yards from scrimmage.

Still, Bell has engaged in no known contact with the Steelers, meaning he could appear out of nowhere or decide to stay away. Last season, the unit ranked 22nd in that category while averaging 102.9 yards per contest.

Pittsburgh is 1-2-1 on the season and sit last in the AFC North.

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