Running back Le'Veon Bell #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers tosses the ball forward after gaining a first down against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri.
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.
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.
From a financial standpoint, it makes sense for Bell to report at some point in the next week or so.
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Earlier in the month, it was originally reported that Bell meant to return to the team during its Week 7 bye. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora also reported Sunday the Steelers still are considering trading the 26-year-old running back if he signs his $14.5 million franchise tag before the October 30 trade deadline.
In the grand scheme of things, the Pittsburgh Steelers probably didn't want to have their bye week this week. James Conner has played well in his place, establishing himself as a dual-threat weapon.