Steelers officially throwing all the pressure on Le'Veon Bell

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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.

"He'll be here Wednesday", Pouncey said Monday, via NFL Network. Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert wholeheartedly expected Bell to sign a franchise tender and rejoin his 'mates, since he'd broken his pressure tactic under similar circumstances at the beginning of last season. I just think where we want to get to, the goals we have in mind, that stuff will be under the rug. "You ever think the Raiders would let him go?"

"I spoke to him before camp, but that's it", Roethlisberger said.

Asked if he's more comfortable with the depth behind Bell than he was heading into the 2017 opener, Tomlin said yes.

"Last year [Bell] didn't need any [practices] and was best in the league", Pouncey said.

He can still show up at any point and sign the tag, but he can also, by collective bargaining agreement, skip the first nine weeks of the season, show up for week 10 and still count that as a full year of service.

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"My focus is on this team and who is here", Heyward said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Totally fine, trust me". "We will weigh all of those things at the appropriate time".

"When we look at ourselves, the overall health of our team is pretty good. At the end of the day, I anticipate him being there", Jackson said.

Some players don't have to show up to any of training camp, yet they're still capable of playing Week 1 with no restraints. Conner received the first-team reps in preseason, and Tomlin said the game plan will not be altered if Bell isn't on the field.

Bell has stayed away from the team as a way to avoid injury and exercise his leverage as he seeks a contract extension.

The Steelers will move forward in preparations for the Cleveland Browns with James Conner as the starting running back.