Steelers' Bell doesn't report, to sit entire season

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Le'Veon Bell's patience on the football field sets him apart.

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert released a brief statement regarding today's development that reads, "I want to confirm that Le'Veon Bell did not sign his Franchise Tender today and, as a result, he will not be eligible to play football during the 2018 season".

Conner was evaluated in the sideline medical tent during the third quarter of Thursday's blowout win over the Panthers and returned briefly before exiting the game early in the fourth quarter with a head injury. They'll have to protect Brady and keep guys open for him to throw to.

Bell apparently thinks that's good enough to earn a Pro Bowl spot.

Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin was also decidedly not making a pitch for Bell to come back on Tuesday. But he added the team understands there is a business element to Bell's decision to stay away.

"That train has left the station", Tomlin said. Bell held out the entire summer as the two sides failed to agree to an extension.

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The makeover relied heavily on Bell, whose patient running style became his trademark while helping Pittsburgh to four straight playoff berths.

The Steelers front office shares some blame in the Bell boycott after placing the tag on the All-Pro running back for a second consecutive season despite this outcome as a possibility. When it didn't happen, he skipped training camp again, just as he did in 2017.

The Raiders chose to trade Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper over paying them in the near future, but they have plenty of money to spend should they try to go after a big-ticket player such as Bell.

"I'm not going to comment on someone who's not in this locker room right now", quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said when asked about Bell after Thursday's 52-21 win over the Carolina Panthers. He returned to Pittsburgh last week and even played some pickup basketball at a fitness center.

Rocky franchise-tag negotiations created distance between Bell and the Steelers.

So, the Steelers and Bell wasted their time and ours.