Le'Veon Bell Skips Steelers Meeting, Holdout Could Extend Into The Season

Le'Veon Bell Skips Steelers Meeting, Holdout Could Extend Into The Season

Le'Veon Bell Skips Steelers Meeting, Holdout Could Extend Into The Season

This is not the first time Bell has held out of preseason activities, either.

On Monday, Pouncey told ESPN that Bell would show up to work on Wednesday, and to "count on it". He did play Week 1, though.

It appears that numerous Steelers' players expected to see Bell there, and several national media outlets reported the plan was for Bell to show up at some point this week - many indicating that he'd arrive prior to a Wednesday morning team meeting. He can miss up to 10 regular-season games, sign, and still become an unrestricted free agent in 2019.

Ridley was signed in December after Conner was placed on injured reserve, and he was brought back on a one-year contract perhaps as insurance in the event Bell's absence extended into the season.

It didn't happen and his agent Adisa Bakari suggested Wednesday that Bell wanted to avoid the Steelers running the wheels off him in what is nearly certainly his final year in Pittsburgh.

The Steelers' NFLPA rep, Foster also had words for Bakari, who suggested the franchise tag system is broken.

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Bell, 26, has been a workhorse for the Steelers over the last two seasons and led the league in both rushes (321) and total touches (406) in 2017.

While Bell's holdout makes sense, his teammates aren't happy. In the past, Bell has threatened to retire if he and the team couldn't come to a long-term agreement.

It feels now more than ever that this will not end well in Pittsburgh, and there's even the chance that the team moves on from him completely before he reports.

Let's start off with the team Pittsburgh faces in Week 1 - the Cleveland Browns.

And in case you're wondering if the Steelers can trade Bell - they can't.

The Browns, though, have added a lot of talent over the offseason and are sick of losing. That news did not go over well with a few Steelers teammates, specifically the offensive linemen who help pave the way for the Pro Bowl running back. This is a departure from what Bell's agent said in July, when he told Sirius XM NFL Radio that "barring something exceptional", Bell would join the Steelers around Labor Day. Again, it's unlikely, but you never know!

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