Mike Tomlin was wrapping up his news conference Tuesday afternoon when he was asked the obligatory weekly question about LeVeon Bell’s delayed return to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“Anyyy other questions?” Tomlin said, raising his voice into a high pitch while elongating the first word.
Tomlin smiled and walked away as laughter filled the room.
Nothing had changed. It was another day without Bell at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, although, like most others, this one had extra significance.
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It was NFL trading deadline day, the final chance for the Steelers to ship their star running back to another team if Bell reported and signed his franchise-tag tender first. Since that didn’t happen by 4 p.m., Bell is free to report to the team without fear of being traded once he puts his name on the $14.55 million contract that has been reduced by $6.84 million because of his eight-week absence.