Mike Tomlin playing it cool over Le'Veon Bell

Mike Tomlin playing it cool over Le'Veon Bell

Center Maurkice Pouncey has suggested Wednesday will be the day Bell reports and signs his franchise tender, but head coach Mike Tomlin was indifferent to that possibility.

On Monday, the Pittsburgh Steelers running back was a no-show from the first day of regular season preparations and general manager Kevin Colbert was so pissed about it, he had to release a statement about it to the media.

Things just got more awkward in Pittsburgh.

Despite what Pouncey said, you might not want to completely "count" on that information and that's because he admitted that he was totally guessing on the date and that he hasn't actually talked to Bell about it. "We put him in the backseat, strap him in and be ready to go".

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"Whenever he comes, we'll welcome him with open arms", Pouncey said, via ESPN.com. The Steelers and Bell have been unable to reach a long-term deal for the second consecutive season. It's fine. He showed up a year ago at the same time. "Conner has busted his a-", OG Ramon Foster said. "I trust James", he said.

"We all know Le'Veon's running style is unique and it's different for the line, it's a change for everybody but I think James Conner really took advantage of the opportunity and has done some great things".

"When we look at ourselves, the overall health of our team is pretty good".

"I plan on him being there".

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"I hadn't thought about it", Tomlin said at his weekly press conference.

Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward insisted that the Bell situation won't be a distraction to the team, no matter how it plays out.

Although the team expected Bell to skip training camp after he didn't get the long-term contract he wanted in July, the Steelers were blindsided when Bell chose to skip the team's first practice of Week 1 on Monday.

In 2017, Bell did not take part in any off-season activities during his first year on the franchise tag.

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Though Tomlin has been in contact with Bell during Bell's lengthy sabbatical - the three-time Pro Bowler's last appearance with the team was during a playoff loss to Jacksonville in January - Tomlin has no idea what to expect whenever Bell signs the contract that will make him both the highest-paid running back in the league and start the countdown to his departure in 2019.

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