The Steelers are on their bye this week and the players are off Thursday through Sunday.
Although Le'Veon Bell has been planning to report to the Steelers in time to be ready for their October 28 game against the Browns, Pittsburgh team officials and players have not heard anything from the star running back, sources told ESPN.
We'll keep pinging you with updates as to where Mr. Bell sits on the happiness-with-his-job scale, but Pittsburgh has something in Conner - and will press on if their so-called lead back decides to continue his sojourn away from the field.
Steelers are not expecting RB Le'Veon Bell to return to the team this week, per source.
Earlier in the month, it was originally reported that Bell meant to return to the team during its Week 7 bye. That would put him out for almost half the season.More news: The Republican Club Painting: Best Twitter Reactions & Memes
Bottom line: Bell is looking out for himself.
Still, Bell has engaged in no known contact with the Steelers, meaning he could appear out of nowhere or decide to stay away. "I still do want to go out there and win a Super Bowl with the Steelers". If Bell shows up and signs his franchise tender during the bye week, he will be able to collect his Week 7 game check.
Eventually, Bell has to return, right?
The Steelers also could elect to trade Bell by the National Football League deadline, which is October 30.