Le'Veon Bell is back to work.
The Steelers running back entered the team facility Friday afternoon, according to a source, fulfilling his public promise to return Sept. 1.
Bell has since left the building. Whether he officially signed his $12.1 million franchise tender is not confirmed, though that is the expectation. Signing allows Bell to officially prepare with his team for the Sept. 10 season opener at Cleveland.
After serving his three-game suspension, Bell returned to average 28.0 touches (21.8 carries, 6.3 catches) over the next 12 games before sitting out Week 17. On a per game basis, he actually outscored David Johnson in PPR formats, so there’s a solid case to make him the first running back off the board on draft day. The only note of caution is that Bell underwent offseason groin surgery, though he should be fine for Week 1.