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Sport Le'Veon Bell still leery about workload

16:51  14 september  2018
16:51  14 september  2018 Source:   nbcsports.com

Report: Le'Veon Bell likely to miss Week 1

  Report: Le'Veon Bell likely to miss Week 1 It looks like James Conner is going to move into the Steelers’ starting lineup when they face the Browns on Sunday, and the second-year running back may get a full workload.Barring something unexpected, Le’Veon Bell is not expected to play in Week 1, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Non-Steelers Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell hasn’t said much publicly as his contract impasse with the team has reached Defcon 5 (or maybe it’s Defcon 1 . . . whichever is the bad one). He recently spoke privately to former NFL running back Maurice Jones-Drew. Based on Jones-Drew’s explanation of the conversation, it seems fairly obvious that Bell’s stance hasn’t changed much in the last week.

Specifically, Bell continues to be concerned about the possibility that, in what most likely will be his last year with the Steelers, Bell will be overused.

Le’Veon Bell says he was not shading Steelers with tweet

  Le’Veon Bell says he was not shading Steelers with tweet Le’Veon Bell appeared to troll the Pittsburgh Steelers during the team’s Week 1 tie with the Cleveland Browns, but he says that was not the case. Just around the time the Steelers tied with the Browns 21-21, Bell sent a tweet that contained a single emoji — the monocled emoji: — Le'Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) September 9, 2018 Many interpreted that as Bell’s way of pointing out what the team is missing by not having him. However, Bell says the tweet was not intended to be disrespect to the Steelers, but rather an indication of his amazement over seeing a game end in a tie.no shade, just never witnessed a tie before… https://t.

“[Bell] was happy for James Conner after that performance but that performance justifies why he’s not there right now,” Jones-Drew said on the Dave Dameshek Football Program earlier this week. “If you’re going to give James Conner 31 carries, imagine how many you’d give to Le’Veon Bell?”

Bell also told Jones-Drew that there’s nothing personal about an inherently business decision to stay away, avoiding excessive contact with a major payday looming.

“[Bell] said to me, ‘People think that I don’t like Pittsburgh, I don’t like James Conner, I don’t like these guys,'” Jones-Drew said. “He was like, ‘Yes, I was disappointed they went out and spoke about my contract,’ understandably so. He was like, ‘But I still want them to do well, they’re still guys that I work with and guys that I’ve put in this extra work with — blood, sweat and tears like I still want them to do well.'”

That last part is telling. “They’re still guys I work with.” This means that Bell indeed intends to return to work at some point. The only question is whether that comes before or after the Tuesday after Week 10, which represents his final deadline for showing up and playing this season.

Bell for now remains on track to give up $855,000 (gross not net) again this weekend in order to avoid the kind of workload that could result in the kind of injury that keeps him from cashing in. Under that analysis, he has no reason whatsoever to show up before the Tuesday after Week 10.

Report: Teammates believe Le'Veon Bell will report to Steelers on Wednesday .
Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert made it clear Tuesday that he wasn’t happy star running back Le’Veon Bell has not yet shown up to work. However, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Bell’s teammates expect him to show up on Wednesday and sign his franchise tag in time to play in Week 1.

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