The Pittsburgh Steelers held their first practice of the regular season Monday, and in one aspect, it looked much like all of the preceding ones from training camp, minicamp and organized team activities.
LeVeon Bell wasn’t a part of it.
The All-Pro running back, who has missed all team activities this summer, was not at practice when it started at 10:45 a.m. Monday at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. Bell has not signed his $14.54 million franchise-tag tender and won’t take the field until he signs it.
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On Sunday night, Bell posted a video to his Snapchat account that showed him in a hotel overlooking a beach, the story said. Bell has spent his time away from the Steelers training in South Florida. GM Kevin Colbert said the team is disappointed Bell hasn't signed his tender and joined his teammates.
Last year Bell showed on Labor Day, but the Tribune-Review story said Monday's practice was a bonus as the team plans to ramp up workouts Wednesday. It's possible Bell is waiting until then. But, obviously the longer this goes on the more risky Bell is for Week 1. If you haven't picked up Conner, it may be a good idea to grab him.