Mike Tomlin Shares New Details On Star RB Le’Veon Bell

Steelers officially throwing all the pressure on Le’Veon Bell

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.

"We are disappointed Bell has not signed his franchise tender and rejoined his team-mates", Colbert said in a statement.

Bell did not arrive at the team's facility in time for practice Monday and has yet to sign his one-year franchise tender, leaving his status for Sunday's visit to the Browns in doubt.

Tomlin insists he has too much going on getting ready to chase a third straight AFC North title to keep checking Bell's locker for evidence of his arrival. Bell is set to play on the franchise tag yet again and will be paid $14.5 million for the season - if he signs. The 25-year-old may not be able to replicate that production with the Browns, but if he develops some chemistry with Taylor, he could help spark an offense that finished dead last in points scored last season.

"I told him, 'You need to prove to everybody that you deserve to be here, '" Roethlisberger said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Following an uneven rookie season in which he dealt with various health concerns - including a knee injury in December that landed him on injured reserve - Conner's rise over the spring and summer left his teammates confident and his head coach impressed. When asked why, Tomlin simply replied "James".

"James", the Steelers coach said Tuesday.

"[He's gone from] being a rookie that missed a lot of time due to soft tissue injuries and lack of general readiness, to a guy that's done the things that we've outlined several minutes in here", Tomlin said. And don't forget about running back Joe Mixon, who could be a breakout player in his second year after tallying 913 rushing yards in 2017. If he doesn't show up, former Pitt star James Conner will become the feature back. It's unclear this time around if he'll start the season with the club. Now he finds himself atop the depth chart until Bell arrives.

Conner flashed during the preseason after coming into camp in great shape.

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