Pittsburgh Steelers fans recently received big news on the status of running back Le’Veon Bell’s holdout. As ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler first revealed, Bell expects to be back during the Week 7 bye, setting him up for the homestretch of the 2018 NFL season.
While it’s big news and should go a long way towards helping the Steelers in their push for the playoffs, it seems there’s a bit more to the story. While Bell spoke with Fowler and did so at length, the All-Pro running back still hasn’t made contact with Steelers coaches or teammates, as Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette revealed.
It’s not overly surprising, but it’s also not a great sign. With Bell’s holdout going far beyond what most expected, it seems he still hasn’t stated his intentions of a return directly to the team.
Expectations for When Bell Returns
Obviously, fans are still holding out hope to get Bell back during the bye, but after a few in-depth interviews with Fowler, it’s tough to envision him not being back. The running back’s decision to return during the bye week will give him a bit of extra time to prepare for the remainder of the season.
Source: Heavy Sports