The Pittsburgh Steelers haven’t heard from holdout running back Le’Veon Bell and have no idea when he plans to return to the team, ESPN reported Sunday.
The network reported earlier this month that Bell would return next week, during Pittsburgh’s bye week, to prepare for the Oct. 28 game against the Cleveland Browns.
But sources now tell ESPN that the All-Pro running back has not contacted team officials or teammates, leaving the Steelers in limbo.
Bell, a two-time first-team All-Pro, has been holding out since he received a franchise tag in March for the second consecutive year. By not signing the $14.54 million tender, he loses approximately $853,000 in salary for each week he misses.
During Bell’s absence, James Conner had rushed for 342 yards and five touchdowns entering Sunday’s game at Cincinnati.