Steelers 'disappointed' Le'Veon Bell has not signed tender

Steelers officially throwing all the pressure on Le’Veon Bell

Mike Tomlin needed one word to describe why he feels better about Le'Veon Bell's absence this year compared to last.

The 26-year-old was a no-show at the team's facility at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on Monday morning - Bell also did not attend the training camp.

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement that he is "disappointed [Bell] has not signed his franchise tender and rejoined his teammates" as the star running back continues his holdout. Bell is in line to make $14.5 million on the franchise tag.

So Tomlin declined to get into specifics about how long it might take for Bell to get ready to play after not practicing for eight months.

"I spoke to him before camp, but that's it", Roethlisberger said.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said the team is "singularly focused on the guys being here".

That would be James Conner, whose impressive preseason might just earn him serious playing time Sunday at Cleveland regardless of what happens with Bell. "We put him in the backseat, strap him in and be ready to go".

Things just got more awkward in Pittsburgh.

Despite what Pouncey said, you might not want to completely "count" on that information and that's because he admitted that he was totally guessing on the date and that he hasn't actually talked to Bell about it. It's unclear this time around if he'll start the season with the club. The vast majority of guys who missed some time throughout the process have worked in some capacity and even participated in the last preseason game.

"Do you feel more comfortable with what you have behind Le'Veon going into Cleveland than you did previous year?"

The Steelers open the season on Sunday at Cleveland. We should anticipate all members of our team at least being partial participants as we get started this week with practice, and then we'll let that be our guide in terms of their inclusion in our plan.

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