The Pittsburgh Steelers are gearing up for an AFC battle against the Kansas City Chiefs. For the second week in a row, the team will have to do so without star tailback Le'Veon Bell.
Bell remains absent from the team after he and the Steelers failed to reach a contract extension ahead of the 2018 season. The former Michigan State star decided to hold out the team's first game, costing himself nearly $900,000.
Heading into Week 2, it looks like the result will be the same. As of Friday afternoon, Bell has not reported to the Steelers and hasn't offered a public comment as to when he'll rejoin the team - if he chooses to do so at all.
Earlier this week, former NFL running back and current NFL Network analyst Maurice Jones-Drew may have revealed why Bell is holding out in the first place. According to Jones-Drew, Bell is worried about his workload.
....[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?"
That's what Jones-Drew said in an appearance on the Dave Dameshek Football Program earlier this week after speaking with Bell.
While Bell continues his holdout, second-year running back James Conner will continue to be the feature back. Conner racked up 135 yards on 31 carries and caught five passes for an additional 57 yards in Week 1.