The Le’Veon Bell saga has taken yet another turn.
Bell was reportedly expected to report to the Steelers’ facility during their bye week. But that now appears unlikely to happen, according to a new report from ESPN.
The team reported to its headquarters Monday, where there was no sign of Bell. But he could return later in the week and the Steelers would still be required to pay him his Week 7 check. A late arrival Thursday or Friday would allow Bell to avoid practice.
This is just the latest news in the three-time Pro-Bowl player’s prolonged holdout.
On Sunday, it was reported that Pittsburgh team officials and players had not heard from their star running back. Bell has forfeited over $5 million in salary by sitting out the first six games.
The Steelers have started James Conner in his place and he has filled Bell’s shoes well. The second-year player has averaged 118.3 yards from scrimmage through Week 6 — by comparison, Bell averaged 129.7 yards in the 2017 season.