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New Update On Status Of Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell

LeVeon Bell tossing the ball.

KANSAS CITY, MP - JANUARY 15: Running back Le'Veon Bell #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers tosses the ball forward after gaining a first down against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Le'Veon Bell has still yet to report to the Pittsburgh Steelers for the 2018 NFL regular season. Here is the latest on the status of the star running back heading into Week 2.

Bell, who hasn't signed his franchise tag contract, will not be playing today. The Steelers' star running back has once again forfeited nearly $1 million of his contract.

The Steelers' running back forfeited about $800,000 by not reporting for Week 1. He didn't report before the deadline for Week 2, either.

"It's just after noon, and there's no sign of RB Le'Veon Bell at Steelers' headquarters. So he's off their depth chart, he's not at Steelers' complex and he's out for Sunday vs. KC. Bell's lost revenue is now over $1.7 million for missing this season's first two games," ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Saturday.

Sports Illustrated's Andrew Brandt says he "doesn't get it."

CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora reports that Bell could continue to be out for a while. Bell could sit out until mid-November.

From CBS Sports:

Agent Adisa Bakari, who also represents Browns starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor, was in Cleveland for the Week 1 game to watch Taylor's Cleveland debut. The situation was not particularly uncomfortable, sources said, as it's routine for agents to be at such games, though the backdrop of this particular scenario was unique.

Bakari has given the team no timeframe for when the Pro Bowl runner might return to work, and in fact, no one beyond Bell truly knows how this will play out. Bell is not in communication with coaches or team officials and, as reported last weekend, the Steelers are anticipating a lengthy absence at this point, with Bell asserting that he wants to protect his health and well-being to try to attain the largest guaranteed contract possible on the open market in 2019.

The Steelers are reportedly planning on moving on from Bell in 2019. He likely knows this and is unwilling to rack up a ton of carries for a team that won't pay him the contract he wants.

Stay tuned.