Steel­ers’ Bell does not re­port to camp

The Star Democrat - - SPORTS -

(TNS) — Steel­ers run­ning back Le’Veon Bell did not re­port to train­ing camp Thurs­day, and there are no sig­nals from his camp about when, or if, he will ar­rive.

Coach Mike Tom­lin said there are con­se­quences for Bell for not re­port­ing on time, but the Steel­ers can­not pun­ish him in any way be­cause he is not un­der con­tract.

Bell has yet to sign his one-year con­tract for $12.12 mil­lion, the ten­der for run­ning backs who re­ceived the fran­chise tag. But un­til he signs the ten­der, he is un­der no obli­ga­tion to re­port.

Bell, who was re­cov­er­ing from sports her­nia surgery this spring, also did not show up for OTAs or mini­camp in May and June.

“There is no ques­tion we are a group that val­ues the team-build­ing process,” Tom­lin said Thurs­day. “And do­ing it in this set­ting, so yes, there is value, and yes, there are con­se­quences for not be­ing here. That’s the re­al­ity of it.”

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