Le’Veon Bell remains absent from the Pittsburgh Steelers as the team readies for a game against Kansas City. The star running back has still not reported to the facility to sign his franchise tender.
Bell continues his holdout after he and the Steelers failed to reach a contract extension for the second-consecutive season. As a result, Bell is playing the 2018 season on the franchise tag.
Well, “playing” is a relative term. The former Michigan State star hasn’t played at all this season and the question floating around now is, when will Bell return to the team?
Former NFL running back and current NFL Network analyst Maurice Jones-Drew appeared on the Dave Dameshek Football Program earlier this week after speaking with Bell.
Here’s what he had to say.
“[Bell] said to me ‘people think that I don’t like Pittsburgh, I don’t like James Conner, I don’t like these guys.’ He was like yes, I was disappointed they went out and spoke about my contract, understandably so. He was like, but I still want them to do well, they’re still guys that I work with and guys that I’ve put in this extra work with — blood, sweat and tears like I still want them to do well.
….[Bell] was happy for James Conner after that performance but that performance justifies why he’s not there right now. If you’re going to give James Conner 31 carries, imagine how many you’d give to Le’Veon Bell?”
Bell failed to note when he’ll return to the team.
Pittsburgh gears up for the Week 2 matchup with James Conner in the backfield. The Steelers are coming off of a disappointing tie against Cleveland.
Stay tuned for more on Bell.