Mike Tomlin still hasn’t spoken to Le’Veon Bell

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With fewer than four hours until the door slams for good on running back Le'Veon Bell‘s ability to play in 2018, it’s looking more and more like he won’t show up.

During a weekly press conference, coach Mike Tomlin told reporters he hasn’t spoken to Bell, and that nothing has changed regarding Bell’s situation.

Tomlin also noted that running back James Conner remains in the concussion protocol, adding “that isn’t a negative.” (It’s not quite clear what it is, then.)

However it plays out, Tomlin is ready to proceed without Bell. “So be it,” the coach said as to the possibility that Bell will chose to make his holdout a full-season endeavor.

Bell, who has been in Pittsburgh for roughly a week, could catch a wild hair at any time and show up. As long as he does it before 4:00 p.m. ET. After that, Bell won’t be able to play for the Steelers, or anyone else, in 2018.

12 responses to “Mike Tomlin still hasn’t spoken to Le’Veon Bell

  1. All these posts about really nothing at this point. Tomlin clearly meant that for being in the concussion protocol, Connor is doing well. Nice dig at him though.

  2. Bell can still show up later in the season, can’t he? He just doesn’t get credit for a full season toward his pension.

  3. Really don’t want this guy on my team. Doesn’t strike me as a guy who handles adversity well and being a Raider is not the easiest route to go at this time.

  4. Why the concern if Tomlin has talked to Bell. Not Tomlin’s reasonability . Bell is looked on as some kind of hero when in reality he has spoken out of both sides of mouth. He wants to play in Pittsburgh, he says, yet does not show up, feels they will play him to much, duh you are a football player or use to be one. You say your concern is taking care of family as you leave as of now over nine million dollars sitting. Hard to feel sorry for one who has lied to team mates, no respect for a team that gave you a chance to live the life you do. You are the poster child of todays NFL player.

  5. Bell averaged only 4.0 yards per carry and 7.7 yards per catch last year. If you lower his touches, he probably doesn’t even make the pro bowl, much less all pro. MAYBE he’ll get a big contract out of this, but he’s gonna get zero money for missing a year in his prime.

    Why offer Bell 17 mil a year when Conner is better at a 3rd round rookie contract? Pittsburgh OL coach Mike Munchak is more important to their running game than Bell was. Big Ben is having one of his best years without Bell to dump passes to. Conclusion: Bell is overrated.

    Go Steelers!

  6. Normally, when Mike Tomlin speaks I hear Charlie Brown’s parents. But in the last couple of weeks he has been extremely articulate and said the right things on several occasions. I agreed with him on the critique on officiating and thought he delivered a facts-based point of view. His responses regarding Bell have also been well thought out. I’ve previously thought of him a a mediocre coach with a team that does not live up to it’s talent level. Maybe I was wrong.

  7. sparky151 says:
    November 13, 2018 at 1:02 pm
    Bell can still show up later in the season, can’t he? He just doesn’t get credit for a full season toward his pension.

    No. Today is the deadline to be eligible for the rest of the season.

  8. Didn’t Le’Veon tell fans he would show up just before
    the start of the season, and they can expect his best year ever?

    What happened Le’Veon?

  9. Stay home Lev…wouldn’t want you to get hurt signing your franchise tag for a paltry 6 million. Good luck in Oakland or Cleveland or Miami…franchises that will overspend for an easily replaceable RB

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