Le'Veon Bell a no-show despite conflicting reports about his arrival

Heather Diaz
October 17, 2018

Le'Veon Bell is expected to report to the Pittsburgh Steelers at some point during the Week 7 bye so he can play against the Cleveland Browns on October 28, but he has apparently not informed the team of his intentions.

Earlier in the month, it was originally reported that Bell meant to return to the team during its Week 7 bye.

Further complicating matters is that Pittsburgh has a bye in Week 7, which means Bell may not be in any rush to come back. Monday, Oct. 22, when the work week rolls over and the Steelers begin preparations for their Week 8 divisional matchup against the Browns.

Sources told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler earlier this month that Bell meant to report to the Steelers during the Week 7-8 time frame.

ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the news.

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Additionally, Bell is costing himself money by not returning during the bye week.

So Bell could be in for a surprise if/when he shows up, and he may not like what he hears from the Steelers. That would put him out for almost half the season.

If and when Bell does return, he might not see too many snaps right away. It's possible Bell could also report the Monday before the trade deadline (Oct. 29) as it might not give the Steelers enough time to actually put something together in terms of a deal - once he signs his tender, they can ship him elsewhere.

The Steelers also could elect to trade Bell by the National Football League deadline, which is October 30.

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