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Report: Le'Veon Bell skipped most of the walkthrough before Jags' game

The All-Pro running back also did not follow coach Mike Tomlin's longstanding request to report to the locker room two hours before game time.


Kahron Spearman


More news of dysfunction is coming out of the Steel City, following the Pittsburgh Steelers' 45-42 playoff loss against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

In a report from Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (h/t Bleacher Report), star running back Le'Veon Bell reportedly missed the team's last walkthrough practice before the game, only arriving five minutes before it ended.

If they do reach the breaking point, they could use that $14.57 million elsewhere or not make moves to find the room and draft another halfback in the first or second round. If Bell leaves as a free agent, the Steelers would receive a compensatory draft pick in 2019, perhaps in the third round. Its possible LeVeon Bell will not play for the Steelers in 2018.

Ed Bouchette
Staff Writer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bouchette also wrote Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin wants players and staff to report to the locker room at least two hours before kickoff, yet Bell arrived well after.

It's clear the All-Pro back isn't pleased with his contract insecurity with Pittsburgh, who will likely offer the franchise tag tender ($14.57 million) to the Michigan State product again next season, which he has said he would not accept.

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