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2018 Schedule
6-2-1, 1st in AFC North

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers players Wednesday answered Le'Veon Bell questions for what they hope is last time. DE Cam Heyward said the most disappointing part of the saga is "that we even talk about it." "It sucks when a guy doesn't have to answer his own questions," Heyward said. "If they aren't on the team, I'm not worried about it"

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NFL flexes Bolts-Steelers, Rams-Bears games

The NFL has given a new look to the Sunday night schedule for the next few weeks, moving the Chargers-Steelers (Dec. 2) and Rams-Bears (Dec. 9) games to prime time.

Bell's locker raided by Steelers teammates (0:28)
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17hJeremy Fowler

Stealers? Bell's locker raided by teammates

Less than 24 hours after Le'Veon Bell forfeited the rest of the 2018 season by not reporting to the Steelers, his teammates were picking through what was left in his locker.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers players went into Le'Veon Bell's locker, removing his nameplate and rummaging through items. Bud Dupree says thanks for the Jordan brand cleats.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Le'Veon Bell's nameplate is still on his locker, but that will be removed soon enough. "The thing about it is he's not here, he's not going to be here, so we don't have to talk about it," Ben Roethlisberger said.

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22hJeremy Fowler

Big Ben texted Bell before deadline; no answer

Ben Roethlisberger, in a text to Le'Veon Bell before Tuesday's deadline, hoped the Steelers running back would show up but "wished him nothing but the best" if he didn't.

Stephen A.: NFL teams could make example of Bell (1:58)
Big Ben happy not to have to talk about Bell situation anymore (0:49)

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Roethlisberger texted Le'Veon Bell before the deadline, didn't hear back: "I said I hoped he showed up. If he decided not to I wished him nothing but the best. He was a great teammate and football player."

Why did Bell leave over 14 million on the table? (1:13)

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Le'Veon Bell will most likely never play for the Steelers again, but the team faces a decision this offseason: Transition tag Bell at $14.5 million, giving Pittsburgh the right to match any offer, or let him enter free agency and get a mid-round compensatory pick for his services. Bell told ESPN in October that the Steelers planned to transition tag him. But the Steelers might want a clean divorce at this point.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

From Steelers GM Kevin Colbert: "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."

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2dJeremy Fowler

Steelers' Bell doesn't show, won't play this year

Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell didn't report to the team by Tuesday's deadline, meaning the former All-Pro won't play this season and will miss out on $14.5 million.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Tomlin on Le'Veon Bell's decision to stay away: "Football at this level, there's also a business element. Even when we don't understand it, we're sensitive to it so when we're not shocked when things happen."

Tomlin not shocked by business side of NFL (0:23)

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he understands the business of football but has no expectation about Le'Veon Bell. Asked about potentially never coaching Bell again, Tomlin said, "so be it."

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Despite Le'Veon Bell's extended presence in Pittsburgh, nothing has changed, and the Steelers do not expect him to show by Tuesday's 4 p.m. deadline to play this year. This marriage feels over.

Team Stats

Passing Yards314.2
Rushing Yards105.7
Points For30.82nd
Points Against23.2