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The Steelers handed the ball off to Le’Veon Bell 15 times against the Jaguars but the running back managed just 3.1 yards per carry. Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

PITTSBURGH — These numbers seem unavoidable against the backdrop of the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ five-turnover dismantling against the Jacksonville Jaguars:

The Steelers are 10-0 since 2013 when Le’Veon Bell gets 25 or more carries.

Bell’s 3.1 yards per carry Sunday was hardly a solution in the 30-9 loss to the Jaguars, but the Steelers handed the ball off to Bell 15 times against (at least on paper) the worst rushing defense in the NFL.

They shouldn’t make the same mistake this Sunday in Kansas City, the spot where Bell broke off 170 yards on 30 carries in last year’s playoffs.

Pound the ball with Bell. Throw to Antonio Brown fairly often. Figure out the supporting cast as you go.

In 2014, when Ben Roethlisberger was one of the league’s hottest quarterbacks, airing it out was a sound strategy. Those Steelers could throw on anybody. The seemed galaxies away from those heady days in the aftermath of Roethlisberger’s five-interception performance on 33-of-55 passing.

The deficit forced the Steelers to throw more, but it’s almost as if an offense waiting to experience a passing-game explosion like old times grabbed for glory Sunday, to spectacular failure.

Not that Roethlisberger’s play won’t improve. He could find his groove again. There’s too long a track record. But the Bell-heavy plan late last year rode the Steelers to seven straight wins, and in their biggest offensive productions — 26 points against the Minnesota Vikings and at the Baltimore Ravens — Bell got a combined 62 carries.

There’s a reason they ride Bell when they do. This isn’t the same offense as 2014, despite some of the same parts. The dynamics of the passing game have shifted unless they can rediscover them. The Steelers still have untapped playmaking in Martavis Bryant, who can’t seem to find a rhythm with Roethlisberger.

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While there has been concern among fans about Le’Veon Bell‘s holdout, the Pittsburgh Steelers star confirmed he will be back before the start of the regular season.

When asked by a fan when he will “show up,” the running back responded on his Twitter account:

Friday, Sept. 1 is the first day after the last preseason game against the Carolina Panthers set for next Thursday.

Bell has been a training camp holdout while attempting to negotiate a long-term contract extension. The Steelers have used the franchise tag on him, but the player has not yet signed the $12.1 million agreement.

According to Ed Bouchette of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the team thought it had agreed with Bell’s agent to a five-year deal worth more than $12 million per season, but Bell nixed the deal right before the deadline on July 17.

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Pittsburgh Steeler Le’Veon Bell, one of the NFL’s most talented running backs, wants a long-term contract.

Slapped with the one-year, $12.12 million franchise tag in March, Bell and his employer have yet to put pen to paper on any type of further agreement. Bell has thus held out of his team’s training camp, but will report to the team before their season opener against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, Sept. 10, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Thursday.

There hasn’t been any indication from either side that a deal was close until a Friday report from the the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette stating Bell vetoed a five-year deal agreed upon by his agent and the Steelers on the afternoon of July 17, the NFL’s deadline for tagged players to sign with their respective teams.

Per Bouchette, the deal was to pay Bell, who accumulated 1,268 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground along with 616 yards and two more scores through the air in just 12 games last season, more than $12 million per year, with in excess of $30 million paid out over the first two years.

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The Steelers and their star running back Le’Veon Bell are in the midst of a good old-fashioned standoff.

Bell is holding out of training camp as the preseason kicks off. General manager Kevin Colbert shot the first volley Wednesday, trying to pressure the 25-year-old to sign his one-year, $12.2 million franchise tender instead of making a statement by staying at home.

“My feeling is there’s nothing to be gained by a holdout. The situation won’t change; it can’t really change from our part on a long-term deal,” Colbert told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

On this, Colbert is factually correct. Bell’s deadline to sign a better, long-term deal passed on July 17, so he will end up either signing the tender or not playing this year. The running back will have to wait until next offseason to negotiate a long-term contract.

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Since the Steelers placed the franchise tag on Pro Bowl running back Le’Veon Bell in late February, the two sides have had almost five months to replace it with a long-term contract.

Like most negotiations, this one is headed to the final hours.

The Steelers and Bell face a 4 p.m. deadline Monday to agree to a long-term deal. If a deal isn’t struck by then, Bell must play the season on the one-year, $12.12 million franchise tender and can’t sign a long-term contract until after the season.

The only caveat is if the Steelers rescind the franchise tender since Bell has yet to sign it. In that unlikeliest of scenarios, Bell immediately would hit the market as an unrestricted free agent.

Bell is one of three NFL players facing the 4 p.m. deadline. Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins and Los Angeles Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson are the others.

Bell’s situation is complicated given that, in the current pass-happy NFL climate where quarterbacks and wide receivers get rewarded financially, running backs are among the lowest-paid players, and Bell’s $12.12 million tender is $4 million more than the next highest-paid running back is making.

Buffalo’s LeSean McCoy, the former Pitt star, is averaging $8 million while in the third year of a five-year, $40.05 million contract. Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin is the only other running back with a contract averaging more than $7 million.

If Bell plays this season on his one-year tender, the Steelers could use the franchise tag again next offseason, although the cost would rise to $14.5 million. Which is why Bell’s representatives are likely seeking $26.5 million in guaranteed money — his franchise amount over the next two years — under terms of a long-term contract.

That would be a significant investment for a player who has been suspended by the NFL twice for violating the league’s substance abuse policy and hasn’t finished the past three seasons healthy. Bell had offseason surgery on his groin.

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Le’Veon Bell appears to be recovering well from offseason surgery.

The Steelers running back hasn’t been participating in workouts since being franchise tagged in February, but retweeted a video (with some NSFW language) Sunday night in which he was recorded playing a pick-up game of basketball.

After playing through a groin injury for weeks and then aggravating it during the AFC Championship Game in January, Bell underwent a procedure on his core muscle in March. The NFL launched an investigation into why Pittsburgh omitted Bell’s injury from report, which remains open.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are almost done with their Organized Team Activities, and we cover all the news from their latest workouts.

In the first week of Pittsburgh Steelers Organized Team Activities (OTAs), Ben Roethlisbergerspoke to the media about not having Le’Veon Bell in attendance. Most shrugged off the comments, knowing Bell was still recovering from groin surgery a few months prior.

The vast Steelers fans base also picked up a pitchfork and torch and vented about Bell not being present for the workouts. Although it was reported Bell was in the team’s practice facility at least once during the three week voluntary workout process, it is hard to ignore Stephon Tuitt, Tyson Alualu and Javon Hargrave, all who are injured or missed some time, yet were still there and present during the workouts.

After Wednesday’s workout, other teammates voiced their opinion of Bell not being present for OTAs.

Ramon Foster is a leader in the Steelers locker room, and he is very calculated with his words when speaking to the media. It might not seem like much to some, but the fact these key players on the offense are suggesting Bell should be present, is very telling.

I understand the voluntary aspects of OTAs, but these comments by players like Foster and Roethlisberger shouldn’t just be swept under the rug either. I expect Bell to be present at minicamp, but the deadline for him to sign a long term deal, or play a year under the franchise tag (July 15th) is quickly approaching.

Eli Rogers finally feeling good

When Eli Rogers signed with the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent from Louisville, he came with injury baggage. Rogers had been playing with a messed up foot for the majority of his senior season at Louisville, and it ended his rookie season before it began. However, he was finally given the chance to recover from the injury.

Now, coming off a stellar first year in 2016 where he caught 48 passes for 594 yards and three touchdowns, Rogers finally is feeling good. How good? Try “five steps faster” good, per Jeremy Fowler.

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The Steelers have until July 15 to come to terms with Bell on a long term contract before the start of the 2017 season.

Le’Veon Bell was back at the Steelers’ facility on Wednesday, according to Mark Kaboly of

Bell hasn’t been physically able to participate in OTAs, as the team’s 2016 MVP is recovering from a sports hernia surgery that performed in March. It’s very likely that Bell was in town to discuss his current contact situation, as he has yet to sign his franchise tag that would pay him $12.1 million next season.

While Bell can’t participate in OTAs, Ben Roethlisberger did lobby for his running back to be at the team’s facility during OTAs last week.

“I’m not worried about the chemistry, but I wish he’d be here just because he’s one of the pieces to our puzzle,” Roethlisberger said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I know he can’t participate because I don’t think he’s 100 percent healthy, but it would be nice to see him here just in terms of the chemistry and learning and being a part of this process. But obviously, it’s up to him.”

Bell received surgery on March 13 after receiving various options from doctors about whether or not he needed the surgery. Despite not having surgery until March, the Steelers expect to have Bell back for the training camp.

The NFL’s leader in average rushing yards per game last season, Bell also made headlines in March when he said that his Steelers would have beaten the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game if he had been healthy. Bell received just one carry after the first quarter while finishing with just 20 yards on six carries.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers might be the next team to have a one-on-one with the NFL regarding injury reports. Head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that the Steelers were aware of Le’Veon Bell’s groin injury ahead of the AFC title game against the Patriots.

Despite their knowledge of Bell’s injury, the team did not list it on the team’s injury report leading up to Sunday’s loss to New England. Bell was on the report– sitting out Wednesday and Thursday – but those absences were listed as “not injury related”.

“I was aware of it,” Tomlin said, via the team’s website. “It wasn’t significant to the point where it affected planning or the anticipation of planning in any way. It’s unfortunate that it became an issue in-game.”

Bell’s groin injury flared up during the game and he left after rushing for 20 yards on just five carries. Tomlin said Tuesday that Bell was “managing” the injury and added that the 24-year-old running back didn’t miss any time at practice.

“He was doing a great job of managing it,” Tomlin said. “It didn’t cause him to miss any practice time, let alone game time. It was something to manage. When you look at the journey that is the season, I think just about every guy down there is dealing with and managing something in an effort to stay on the grass.”

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