So, let's take center Maurkice Pouncey at his word that LeVeon Bell will show up Wednesday. That gives him three practices and a Saturday walk-through to prepare for the season opener against the Cleveland Browns, after nearly eight months away.
Bell has to pass a physical, then sign his franchise tender. Once he checks those two boxes, he can join practice.
The Steelers will assess his football condition, then slowly work him back into the offense. Wednesday is the Steelers' busiest day of the week for game-planning and installation. The team would likely work overtime with Bell in this area to catch him up.
The Steelers would need Bell entrenched in the offense by Friday's practice to feel good about him playing a significant role. As the story said, Bell is an All-Pro and is still No. 1 on the depth chart so as long as his health is good the author doesn't feel there will be an issue. As the story also pointed out, the coaches still seem as if they want to give Bell the ball when he's back as long as he's ready to go. Of course this all depends on whether or not he shows up Wednesday.