Le'Veon Bell a no-show despite conflicting reports about his arrival

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Whispered about as a trade candidate, Bell reportedly planned to rejoin the Steelers this week in order to accrue a season toward free agency while simultaneously reducing the 16-game wear-and-tear on his body.

This should quickly become an intriguing situation in the backfield as Bell will be aiming to recapture his starting job or it could possibly further complicate the entire matter in a couple of weeks.

Per NFL Network's Judy Battista, the team is not expecting the veteran running back to report to the facility this week, according to a source.

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This runs counter to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler report last week that Bell would show up.

The Steelers are on their bye this week and the players are off Thursday through Sunday. That would put him out for almost half the season. By rule, the Steelers and Bell must agree in writing as to the amount of Bell's compensation before he signs the tender. Bell was negotiating for a long-term contract worth much more money, but talks fell apart and the talented running back has not reported to practice all season. "I still do want to go out there and win a Super Bowl with the Steelers".

By not showing up this week - during which the Steelers do not even play a game - Le'Veon Bell is costing himself at least a shot at $856K. James Conner has played well in his place, establishing himself as a dual-threat weapon.

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