The Pittsburgh Steelers still haven't heard from Le'Veon Bell despite his plan to report in time to be ready for their October 28 game against the Baltimore Ravens. But he could return later in the week and the Steelers would still be required to pay him his Week 7 check.
Despite that statement, as of Sunday, Bell had still not been in touch with team officials or players, sources told Schefter.
Still, Bell has engaged in no known contact with the Steelers, meaning he could appear out of nowhere or decide to stay away. Which could, in theory, result in Bell not signing the tender.
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If Bell were to report next week, he would return in time for Pittsburgh's (3-2-1, third in AFC North) home contest against Browns on Sunday, Oct. 28.
Bell still could report during that time, and be paid for this week as well, but the Steelers remain in wait-and-see mode. Pittsburgh is set to play at Cincinnati.