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Le’Veon Bell a no-show for Steelers’ first regular season practice

Le’Veon Bell hasn’t told anyone when he will report to the team, and he has already reportedly missed the team’s first regular season practice.

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Let’s get something straight right off the bat. Le’Veon Bell does not have to report to the Pittsburgh Steelers anytime soon. He can sit back and watch his teammates play and pick when he returns.

Despite him returning to the team prior to Week 1 in 2017, Bell is a no-show at the team’s first practice session preparing for their Week 1 game in Cleveland vs. the Browns.

There was a chance Bell didn’t report, but most expected Bell to follow the same protocol he set forth a year ago.

While he can still report this week, the Steelers organization is clearly disappointed in his decision to stay away.

This statement is from Kevin Colbert on Bell’s absence:

At this point, the Steelers, and their fans, await Bell’s return — whenever that may be.

While fans become frustrated, the team prepares for life without Bell in the short-term with James Conner, Stevan Ridley, Jaylen Samuels and Roosevelt Nix. The team doesn’t have many options considering their only move now is to rescind the franchise tag which would make Bell a free agent.

Stay tuned to the latest news on the Bell situation right here at BTSC.