Steelers Prepared To Start James Conner With Le'Veon Bell Still Absent

Steelers RB Bell a no-show as opener vs. Browns looms

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#Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin on the still-absent Le'Veon Bell perhaps showing up tomorrow: "I hadn't thought abt it".

Bell has missed the past two training camps due to rocky franchise tag negotiations and skipped Monday's practice, prompting general manager Kevin Colbert to issue a statement that the team was "disappointed".

The Steelers are taking matters into their own hands at running back Sunday against the Browns. The star running back has still not reported to the Steelers facility to practice and sign his franchise tender despite reports suggesting he would do so on Monday.

Naturally, that was the first question posed to Tomlin at his news conference.

Bell remains away from the team while deciding when to sign his $14.54 million franchise tender.

Mike Tomlin was emphatic about that on Tuesday when asked if he is more comfortable with what he has behind Bell today than he was going to Cleveland a year ago.

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Browns coach Hue Jackson said Monday that he expects to be facing Bell on Sunday.

Conner ran 23 times for 144 yards while occasionally spelling Bell last season. He recorded 1,291 rushing yards and nine touchdowns in 2017.

"James - the status and condition and approach of James". "We will weigh all of those things at the appropriate time. He's put that on display though this process". He's taken the first-team reps since training camp opened in late July.

"Is there anything you won't do, or won't do as much of (in this opener in Cleveland), as you might have done with Bell?"

"When we look at ourselves, the overall health of our team is pretty good". We expect that to continue.

Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward insisted that the Bell situation won't be a distraction to the team, no matter how it plays out.

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