The Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t have Le’Veon Bell last week. And they won’t have Bell this week either.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, his holdout continues.
“It’s just after noon, and there’s no sign of RB Le’Veon Bell at Steelers’ headquarters. So he’s off their depth chart, he’s not at Steelers’ complex and he’s out for Sunday vs. KC. … Bell’s lost revenue is now over $1.7 million for missing this season’s first two games.”
Something tells us Bell won’t miss the money too much. But in his absence last week, James Conner put up 135 yards on the ground on 4.4 yards per carry. He added two touchdowns and five receptions (on six targets) for 57 more yards. This week, we’ve seen reports of Bell worrying about his workload. Those worries look even more fair considering Conner’s usage in Week 1. 31 carries is a lot! Though, bad weather in their season-opener against Cleveland likely played a big part in his heavy usage.
In the meantime, the Steelers are coming off an opening week tie (21-21) against the Browns. The Chiefs are coming off a convincing Week 1 win against the L.A. Chargers. And with the Patrick Mahomes era starting in K.C., there is plenty for Chiefs fans to be excited about. But can the Steelers soldier on without their All-Pro running back in Week 2? They’re going to have to, and right now they don’t have a choice.
Plus, two weeks without a win could put them in a very interesting situation. And not in a good way.