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

Steelers officially throwing all the pressure on Le'Veon Bell

"James - the status and condition and approach of James", Tomlin said.

Bell has not signed his $14.5 million franchise tender and can not play until he does so.

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

Comparing Bell to a star player from another team who got traded for holding out probably isn't the best comparison unless you're trying to send Steelers fans and fantasy owners into a panic. Bell was expected to report on Monday following his holdout.

Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward insisted that the Bell situation won't be a distraction to the team, no matter how it plays out.

Last year, Conner rushed for 144 yards on 32 carries before a Week 15 knee injury ended his season.

"Whenever he gets here, we will celebrate with him", Pouncey said.

"[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.

Pouncey said teammates are not concerned with Bell's absence because they know he will show up ready to play. Veteran Stevan Ridley and rookie Jaylen Samuels also are available for action at tailback.

Browns coach Hue Jackson said Monday that he expects to be facing Bell on Sunday.

Bell remains away from the team while deciding when to sign his $14.54 million franchise tender. "That's the appropriate thing".

Tomlin also said the decision to terminate the contract of veteran backup quarterback Landry Jones was "difficult".

"Right now we are singularly focused on the guys that have been here and working and we're building a plan around the variables that we know. That's the appropriate thing".

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