Steelers aren't expecting Bell to return this week

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During his absence, James Conner has emerged as a productive replacement at running back, rushing for 453 yards and seven touchdowns.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are inching closer to the expected return of star running back Le'Veon Bell, which has created more dialogue around the starting running back spot once he's back in the fold.

From a financial standpoint, it makes sense for Bell to report at some point in the next week or so.

This should quickly become an intriguing situation in the backfield as Bell will be aiming to recapture his starting job or it could possibly further complicate the entire matter in a couple of weeks.

Of course, if Bell doesn't report to the Steelers until early next week, he likely isn't going to play in Week 8.

Sources told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler earlier this month that Bell meant to report to the Steelers during the Week 7-8 time frame.

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As reported by ESPN, the Steelers camp has yet to hear from Bell.

Eventually, Bell has to return, right? According to ESPN's Field Yates, he is losing out on over $800,000.

Bell has been sitting out the entire season, refusing to sign his franchise tender.

Not only did he not report, but he has no plans to report. Bell has talked to no one, and has been seen by no one.

Still, Bell has engaged in no known contact with the Steelers, meaning he could appear out of nowhere or decide to stay away.

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