Le’Veon Bell Won’t Play vs. Chiefs as Contract Holdout Continues

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) warms up before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans Monday, Dec. 25, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)Michael Wyke/Associated Press

Le’Veon Bell will sit out the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ home opener against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday and miss his second consecutive game, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

As Schefter noted, Bell has now forfeited $1.7 million of the $14.5 million salary that the franchise tag provides.

Bell’s absence is not technically considered a holdout because the veteran is not currently under contract, but he will not be in uniform for Week 2 regardless of the label.

The Steelers placed the franchise tag on Bell for the second consecutive year as the two sides were unable to come to an agreement on a long-term deal. While he reported nine days before the season opener a year ago, he has yet to sign the franchise tender this time around, nor has he given a timeline on when he will do so.

And that has ruffled feathers in the locker room.

“If you don’t want to be here, it is what it is, hold out 10 games, as a team we’re totally fine,” Pittsburgh center Maurkice Pouncey said last week,

Article source: https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2795875-leveon-bell-wont-play-vs-chiefs-as-contract-holdout-continues

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