Kevin Gorman: Le'Veon Bell's absence bad for business

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell hadn't arrived to team meetings on Wednesday morning as his holdout continued

Le'Veon Bell's teammates have finally run out of patience as the Pittsburgh Steelers running back continues his holdout with the regular season scheduled to get underway this week.

Bell is a tough situation.

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Bell has stayed away from the team as a way to avoid injury and exercise his leverage as he seeks a contract extension. Last season, Bell reported in time for Week 1 and played the entire season on a $12.2 million franchise tag .

Le'Veon Bell is 26-years-old. "Any time I can play football, I don't take it for granted". He wants to stay healthy so his open-market value is not diminished.

The Steelers used to be in the business of winning Super Bowls, but it's been a decade since they won their sixth Lombardi Trophy. I'd like to say the linemen are more important than any skill player, including myself, on this team. With all of the touches he gets during the season he wants wide receiver money, but he stands to miss out on $852,941 each week that he's away from the team. However, things aren't looking too good in the Steel City right now, at least not when it comes to superstar running back Le'Veon Bell.

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Conner will start in Bell's place in Week 1 against the Browns. In the background of the Bell drama, Conner has developed into a worthy heir apparent. "This offense is more than one guy", Roethlisberger told reporters following the meeting. If Bell doesn't sign his franchise tender until 10 weeks into the season-a move that would guarantee him the crucial six-game accrual that will allow him to finally be a free agent next offseason-that will challenge the entire organization, and especially the head coach with whom the buck stops. That's 60 more touches than any other National Football League player last fall. Samuels deserves a decent amount of work as a third-down back, and former Patriots 1,000-yard rusher Stevan Ridley will give Conner a handful of power relief. "Just man up and tell us what you're going to do", Pouncey said, per NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala.

Bell reportedly turned down a 5-year deal worth $70 million back in July, just before the deadline to sign franchise-tagged players had passed, but promised fans that 2018 would be his best season yet.

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Pittsburgh's holdout RB did not play in the season finale against the Browns past year, either. With Bell out, the number will be higher. Smith-Schuster will be aided by rookie James Washington being a more reliable, speedy field-stretcher than Martavis Bryant was as a No. 3 receiver. All that feels like years ago now. Unfortunately, the athletic, pass-catching tight end also has battled a ton of injuries, most recently a foot issue that could keep him out of the Browns game.

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