Steelers still haven't heard from Bell

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Last season, Bell rushed for 1,291 yards and nine touchdowns.

Although Le'Veon Bell has been planning to report to the Steelers in time to be ready for their October 28 game against the Browns, Pittsburgh team officials and players have not heard anything from the star running back, sources told ESPN. Bell can return any time between Monday and the following Monday, Oct. 22 to be eligible to play on October 28 in their rematch against the Browns. Pittsburgh goes into the bye on a two-game winning streak and healthy.

Sources told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler earlier this month that Bell meant to report to the Steelers during the Week 7-8 time frame.

Still, Bell has engaged in no known contact with the Steelers, meaning he could appear out of nowhere or decide to stay away.

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If you're breathlessly hoping for Le'Veon Bell to magically appear in a Steelers uniform - keep waiting. That would put him out for almost half the season.

Bell hasn't signed his $14.5 million franchise tag while preserving his health for a long-term contract in Pittsburgh or elsewhere.

In the grand scheme of things, the Pittsburgh Steelers probably didn't want to have their bye week this week. If he had been struggling to provide any stability to the running game, it would more likely have seen Bell be inserted back into the starting lineup upon his return. James Conner has played well in his place, establishing himself as a dual-threat weapon.