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Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 1:13pm
Despite coach Mike Tomlin’s assertion that nothing has changed in regards to LeVeon Bell’s status with the Pittsburgh Steelers, one thing was noticeably different Tuesday.
Bell no longer was listed on the team’s official depth chart.
After being listed as a starter in advance of the season opener in Cleveland, Bell was nowhere to be found on the depth chart released Tuesday. James Conner, who totaled 192 scrimmage yards in the 21-21 tie against the Browns, was listed as the starter.
Rookie Jaylen Samuels was listed as the backup, with veteran Stevan Ridley occupying the third spot.
At his weekly press conference Tuesday, Tomlin said he has not contacted Bell and has received no clarity on when he might report. Bell remains absent and will forfeit $855,000 in salary for each week he misses while declining to sign his $14.544 million franchise-tag tender.
Posted by Dale Lolley
Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 11:38am
Week 1 at Cleveland Browns
Stevan Ridley will be the back who spells James Conner with LeVeon Bell out. That could equal five or six touches this week, more if Conner struggles. With Bell potentially holding out until Week 10, Ridley should be picked up even in deep leagues. Conner's injury history is not great, meaning Ridley is one step away from being a feature back. And he had 80 yards on 17 carries in a season-ending win over the Browns last season with Bell sitting out to rest for the playoffs.
2018 Strength of Schedule - PIT
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2018 Game Stats
|Per game||2.50||7.50||0||0||3.00||0.25||1.25||0||0.25||5.00||0.88||1.13||6.50/70.50||9.78% |