Star running back Le'Veon Bell has yet to report to the Pittsburgh Steelers' facilities on Monday despite the remainder of the team having done so, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.
ESPN reported earlier this month that the three-time Pro Bowl selection planned to return either during the Week 7 bye or in the week following as the Steelers (3-2-1) prepared to host the AFC North rival Cleveland Browns (2-4-1).
Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Steelers "have not heard anything from the running back and still don't know when he will return." Schefter added that there are "some sources around the league who believe that because Bell does not want to be traded, he will wait until after the NFL's Oct. 30 trade deadline to return to work."
Steelers owner Art Rooney II went on record as saying that he expects Bell to remain with the team this season.
"I expect him to be a member of the team going forward. That's my expectation," the 66-year-old Rooney said.
Running back James Conner has rushed for a pair of touchdowns in back-to-back games and seven in six contests this season. He has 453 yards on the ground as well as 26 receptions for 257 yards.
Bell, 26, overcame a slow start last season before finishing with 1,291 rushing yards. He also had 85 receptions for 655 yards.