Report: Holdout RB Bell hoops at Pittsburgh gym
However, the holdout running back has not yet reported to the Steelers, who play Thursday night at home against the Carolina Panthers.
Instead, Bell was spotted playing basketball at an L.A. Fitness facility in North Pittsburgh. Opponents and onlookers shared their encounter with Bell on social media, and the facility manager confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday that Bell was present.
Bell has worked out at L.A. Fitness the past three offseasons.
He's holding out after the Steelers failed to meet his contract demands, sacrificing more than $8 million in salary during the ongoing stalemate. Reporting after the July 15 deadline to sign a long-term deal, but before Week 1, would have assured Bell the entirety of his $14.5 million franchise tender for 2018.
Bell is facing the latest deadline in the off-field-drama next week. He must report by Tuesday or will become ineligible to play this season.
The Steelers are sailing along with James Conner at running back. Conner has 1,085 yards from scrimmage with 10 touchdowns.
--Field Level Media
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