Pittsburgh Steelers' Le'Veon Bell misses first National Football League regular season practice

Steelers begin regular-season prep minus Le'Veon Bell

Running back Le'Veon Bell #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers tosses the ball forward after gaining a first down against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Although the team expected Bell to skip training camp after he didn't get the long-term contract he wanted in July, the Steelers were blindsided when Bell chose to skip the team's first practice of Week 1 on Monday.

"Much like I've told you guys throughout this process when he gets here is when we will start quantifying all Le'Veon Bell-type things", Tomlin said, via Mark Kaboly of The Athletic. Bell is set to play on the franchise tag yet again and will be paid $14.5 million for the season - if he signs.

"Whenever he gets here, we will celebrate with him", Pouncey said.

Although no one seems to know the answer to that question, Maurkice Pouncey does have a theory on how this is all going to play out.

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Tomlin does not know when Bell might arrive, saying Tuesday that he has not talked to Bell this week. "Whenever he comes, we will welcome him with. You ever think the Raiders would let him go?" Could be a week, as it was a year ago.

Bell continues to remain away from Steelers' facility after sides couldn't come to an agreement on a long-term contract before the July deadline. "Totally fine, trust me". "That's the appropriate thing".

Bell, who has averaged almost 130 yards from scrimmage per game since entering the league in 2013, would forfeit $853,000 for every game week he goes unsigned.

On that note, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette offered an observation (however obvious) the Steelers are preparing to start James Conner in Bell's place on Sunday.

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