Le'Veon Bell back in Pittsburgh but no word on meeting team

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According to the manager of a local L.A. Fitness, the Steelers running back was spotted working out at the gym Wednesday.

Le'Veon Bell has not had contact with the Pittsburgh Steelers this week, sources tell ESPN, and barring an unforeseen development in the next few days, is not expected to report to the team in time for Thursday night's game against the Panthers, increasing the possibility that the star running back will not play at all this season.

Pictures and videos circulated online late Tuesday of Bell in the club.

The Athletic reported a month ago that Bell would qualify as a third franchise tag even if he didn't show by the deadline.

Pittsburgh is 5-2-1 on the season and sit first in the AFC North, while Bell's replacement, James Conner, sits second in the National Football League in rushing yards.

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Bell would surrender the final $6.84 million of his salary if he elects not to sign the franchise tender.

The Steelers placed the franchise tag on him for the second straight year last March and failed to reach a long-time deal by the summer time deadline. As Kaboly noted, the Steelers are most likely not going to tag him at such an enormous number, which would virtually make him a free agent.

If Bell fails to report, the transition tag would be around $14.5 million, or 120 percent of his $12.1 million franchise tag from 2017, since that's the a year ago he played. If you scan the comments on Twitter it really feels like fans have had enough of the Bell drama and would just as soon he stay LA Fitness.

Just about everybody has an opinion on my life & anxious about what I'm doing. I'm not apologizing for what I believe is right for myself, family, and rest of my peers, period.

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