By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Le’Veon Bell will not play this season. The NFL Insider reporter on Saturday night that Bell will not report to the team by Tuesday’s deadline.
This would make him ineligible to play this season.
The disgruntled running back has been holding out after refusing to sign the team’s $14.5 million franchise contract offer. There was some belief that after he landed in Pittsburgh, Pa. from Miami, Florida, where he had been training, recently that he would return before Schefter shot down those rumors.
Bell was spotted in Pittsburgh, Pa. in a gym playing basketball.
Second-year back James Conner has produced well without Bell this season. In fact, he has 10 touchdowns, which is more than Bell had during the 2017 season.
The 26-year-old Reynoldsburg, Ohio native played his first five seasons in the Steel City before holding out this season. He will now become a free agent at the end of the season after missing the entire season.
His agent and Bell will attempt to use this year off to their advantage during the open market in March.
In 2017, he had 321 carries for 1,291 yards and nine touchdowns. The 1,291 yards were the second-most he ever had in a season, as he had 1,361 yards during the 2014 season.
The nine touchdowns were the most in his career for the former Michigan Stats Spartans player.
The Erie, Pennsylvania native — who is currently in concussion protocol after suffering a concussion against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday Night Football — has appeared in nine games with eight starts. He has 164 carries for 771 yards and ten touchdowns.
He also has 39 receptions for 387 yards and an additional touchdown.
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