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Steelers reportedly ‘disappointed’ disgruntled Le’Veon Bell a no-show Monday

Le’Veon Bell was not at Pittsburgh Steelers practice Monday despite many expecting him to make a Labor Day return.

It turns out Bell’s absence was the final straw for the franchise. Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert issued a statement Monday expressing disappointment in Bell’s decision.

“We are disappointed Le’Veon Bell has not signed his franchise tender and rejoined his teammates,” the statement read. “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.”


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Bell, 26, has also held out of all offseason activities after being franchise-tagged for the second straight season. He reported to the franchise on Labor Day last year following a similar holdout.

The Steelers will likely turn to backup James Conner unless Bell shows up to practice in the days prior to Sunday’s season opener against the Cleveland Browns. Bell rushed for 32 yards on 10 carries in Week 1 last year.

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