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NFL Insider Has Latest Update On Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell

Le'Veon Bell without his helmet on.

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 14: Le'Veon Bell #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field on January 14, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell has yet to report to the team this season. That isn't changing this week.

As expected, when the Steelers began game prep for this weekend's game against the Cleveland Browns this morning, Bell was not in the building, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He won't play this week.

Over the weekend, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Bell does not want to be traded. The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday, October 30.

Bell has to return by Nov. 13, ahead of Week 11, in order to be eligible to hit free agency this offseason. By all accounts, he is aiming for a long-term deal in free agency.

Pittsburgh has been able to survive without Le'Veon thanks to the play of second-year pro James Conner. Conner has rushed for 453 yards and seven touchdowns this season.

If the Steelers don't trade Bell, we'll see how they integrate him into the offense over the stretch run, considering how well Conner has played.

The Steelers are 3-2-1 on the season and will host the Browns on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.