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Steelers players not fretting Bell's absence

05 September, 2018, 15:42 | Author: Drew Briggs
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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.

The Steelers organization announced its disappointment with Bell on Monday, but Pouncey said the players understand why the All-Pro running back is holding out and expect him to deliver another superb season.

"When he gets here, that's when we'll start quantifying all Le'Veon Bell related things, his overall readiness, the amount of time that we have between his arrival and our next competition", Tomlin said, adding he has not been in communication with Bell this week.

"Coach Tomlin and the coaching staff will continue to focus on preparing the players on our roster for our regular season opener on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns", the rest of the statement read.

This shows that Bell's contract tactics have created a distraction for the team as they begin their preparation for the Cleveland Browns this Sunday.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers were expecting Le'Veon Bell to return for the team's Labor Day practice after witnessing him hold out for all of the preseason.

"It's fine", center Maurkice Pouncey said. "You ever think the Raiders would let him go?"

"Whenever he gets here, we will celebrate with him", Pouncey said. Could be a week, as it was a year ago. "We've got other things to focus on. Totally fine, trust me".

When asked directly about Bell, guard Ramon Foster pivoted to Conner. "We will weigh all of those things at the appropriate time. He provided good and consistent play for us".

Bell, who has averaged almost 130 yards from scrimmage per game since entering the league in 2013, would forfeit $853,000 for every game week he goes unsigned. The Steelers and Bell have been unable to reach a long-term deal for the second consecutive season.

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