What you missed Wednesday, with Le'Veon Bell still holding out

LeVeon Bell walking on the field

With Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell skipping Wednesday's team meeting and not showing up to Monday's practice, it's clear he's not planning on playing Week 1.

The Steelers have the option of doing so.

The Steelers and their franchise-tagged back can only agree to a one-year deal at this point, and the deal cannot be extended until after the 2018 regular season.

Scroll through the Twitter newsfeed, and you'll see the fantasy football world practically begging Le'Veon Bell to end his holdout and report.

Bradshaw also mentioned that Tomlin doesn't return his calls (why would he?), questioned how the Steelers haven't been in more Super Bowls in Tomlin's tenure despite sharing a conference with Tom Brady and/or Peyton Manning the entire time and said the Steelers should "move this running back down the highway" even though Bell is unsigned and can't be traded.

"He f-- us", one veteran player summed it up for ESPN.

In 2017 under ex-coordinator Todd Haley, the Steelers' offense got a little stale at times in terms of the volume and versatility of personnel used. "I know the league is all about get your money, get paid, I love it".

"Why play hide and seek?" he said.

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What the Steelers can wait for at this point is Bell to join them. "Whether it's someone's first or past year, none of that should matter".

Then there's this interesting observation (via The Athletic's Mark Kaboly) from OG David DeCastro on whether Bell would be welcomed back into the Steelers' locker room after potentially missing games: "I don't know, it's kind of awkward".

Bell's agent, Adisa Bakari, has been opaque about his client's plans, telling Sirius-XM radio, "I think you can read between the lines". "Any time you have a guy like that, you want him on the field with you", said Roethlisberger.

Stevan Ridley and rookie Jaylen Samuels will serve as Conner's backups. Bakari told NFL Live in an appearance Wednesday, "He's going to do the things necessary to protect his value long-term".

The Steelers have said they are "disappointed" that Bell hasn't signed, but their front office is as much to blame for this mess. Drafted 48th overall in 2013, Bell is a two-time first-team All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowler who has racked up almost 8,000 yards from scrimmage and 42 total touchdowns in 62 career games.

That's their way of saying, "You're it".

Those comments made their way quickly to Bell, it appears. It's bad for business.

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