The Pittsburgh Steelers were without star running back Le'Veon Bell during their Week 1 tie against the Cleveland Browns. They aren't going to have him around this week either.
Yesterday, the Steelers officially removed Bell from their Week 2 depth chart. He continues to stay away from the team and has yet to sign his franchise tender for this season.
There's talk that Bell could sit out for a sizable chunk of the 2018 season. He has a big payday coming up in free agency next year and reportedly wants to limit the wear and tear he might get by suiting up for Pittsburgh this season.
The Steelers began game prep for this week's matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs today. Bell is once again not in the building, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
With Bell out, James Conner will start again for Pittsburgh. Conner was excellent in Week 1, rushing 31 times for 135 yards and two touchdowns while hauling in five passes for 57 yards.
Still, while Conner is a quality replacement, the Steelers offense is at its full capability with Le'Veon Bell in the lineup. They could use him back as soon as possible.
It doesn't appear as if that is going to happen though.
Pittsburgh and Kansas City will kick off at 1 p.m. ET this Sunday from Heinz Field.