Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell still hasn't reported to the team. He was expected to show up today, which is what he did last year before playing in the season opener. At this point, we still don't expect Bell to sit out games -- but it'll be time to worry if he's still away when practice really ramps up on Wednesday. RB James Conner would serve as Pittsburgh's lead back sans Bell and should be rostered in all fantasy leagues.
ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports that Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell plans to rejoin the team during the Week 7 bye. That would bring him back just ahead of the league's Oct. 30 trade deadline. We'll see if Bell reaches that point as a member of the Steelers. And if he does report then, we'll see how Pittsburgh plans to handle its backfield. James Conner owners can at least feel comfortable starting him against the Falcons and Bengals the next 2 weeks.
The Steelers are now listening to trade offers for RB Le'Veon Bell, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Bell looks set to sit out the first 10 games of the season and will hit free agency in the offseason. We'll see if any team steps up with a big enough offer to acquire Bell. Leaving Pittsburgh would likely ding his fantasy upside -- but at least he'd get on the field. A trade would also lock in James Conner as a RB1 the rest of the year.
Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will officially miss Sunday's opener after missing a 4 p.m. Saturday deadline to report to the team. Fantasy owners have been expecting that for most of the week, but this confirms that we can use James Conner as Pittsburgh's starting RB. As for Bell going forward ... we'll see.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that the Steelers "guess" that RB Le'Veon Bell will report to the team on Saturday. Based on everything we've heard, the team originally expected Bell to show up on Monday -- so the organization doesn't appear to have a good read on the situation. Reporting Saturday would allow Bell to receive his game check while saving a game's worth of wear and tear on his body. At this point, a Week 2 debut should be considered the best-case scenario for Bell owners. RB James Conner will start Sunday's opener vs. the Browns.
Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has still not reported to the team as of 2 pm ET on Wednesday. So he's missed the 1st practice of the week in preparation for Sunday's opener against the Browns. At this point, it's looking like he's prepared to miss at least that game. We've removed Bell from the Week 1 Rankings and moved James Conner up into RB2 territory. The 2nd-year back had an impressive preseason and should be looking at 15+ touches this weekend if Bell is out.
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