Steelers Won't Rescind Franchise Tag On Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell hadn't arrived to team meetings on Wednesday morning as his holdout continued

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell hadn't arrived to team meetings on Wednesday morning as his holdout continued

His teammates seem to be preparing for the Browns with the realization Bell will not be on the field this Sunday.

The Steelers placed the franchise tag on Bell this off-season, but the running back has yet to sign the $14.5-million tender and it could be a while before he ends his holdout.

"At some point and you're like, 'All right, if you don't want to be here, it is what it is, hold out for 10 weeks", Pouncey said.

The Steelers took that a step further when Pouncey said they will treat Bell's absence the same way they would an injured teammate.

It appears that numerous Steelers' players expected to see Bell there, and several national media outlets reported the plan was for Bell to show up at some point this week - many indicating that he'd arrive prior to a Wednesday morning team meeting. "I just hate it came to this". Now when it's game time and you that you have $14 million looming out there, and you're still not here and your team really wants you here? [James] Conner looks great.

Wednesday started with the hope that Le'Veon Bell would sign his franchise tag and report to the team, clearing him to play in Week 1 and beyond.

Bradshaw also mentioned that Tomlin doesn't return his calls (why would he?), questioned how the Steelers haven't been in more Super Bowls in Tomlin's tenure despite sharing a conference with Tom Brady and/or Peyton Manning the entire time and said the Steelers should "move this running back down the highway" even though Bell is unsigned and can't be traded. "This is a team unit and that's how we play ball".

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"You could just tell he takes care of his players", Haden says.

"Like I said, we have a lot of weapons", Roethlisberger said. "I've got an opportunity for Sunday and I can't wait for it". From a financial standpoint, there's little incentive for Bell to put his body on the line and potentially sacrifice a record deal next summer - and he knows he'll lose all support from Pittsburgh fans if he sits out the season. "But now that he didn't, obviously it's Le'Veon over the Steelers, and we're the Steelers and we're going to play as the Steelers".

Bandit passes: Burt Reynolds, who was one of the most iconic American actors of the past 60 years, has passed away at 82. Bell wouldn't be the first player to hold out deep into the season.

Bell forfeits $852,941 for every week he misses.

"Le'Veon has several years ahead of him in football". While Roethlisberger would like to have all of his weapons at his disposal, he also knows it's more than one player that makes the offense tick.

"That's nothing to say negative about the Steelers".

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