If he doesn't, is it possible we see Bell on the field in Week 11?
Bell faces a deadline of November 13 to report in order to play at all this season.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell has added to his enigma.
Steelers president Art Rooney II told Sirius XM radio on Thursday that the team expects Bell to sign his $14.5 million franchise tag by next week.
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Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner left Thursday night's win over the Carolina Panthers with a head injury, and Mike Tomlin announced after the game that Conner has been placed in the NFL's concussion protocol.
Also, by letting the deadline pass without taking any action on the Steelers' franchise tag offer, Bell could be designated by Pittsburgh as a third-year franchise player in 2019.
Bell does not have to report to the Steelers by a certain date to get an accrued season to become eligible for free agency, contrary to what ESPN and others previously reported. Was he trying to say it was time for him to return?
The Panthers (6-3) saw their three-game winning streak come to an abrupt halt in a city where they've never won.
Perhaps Bell got that message.