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6-2-1, 1st in AFC North
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2hJeremy 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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21hJeremy 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.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Once a middling red-zone offense hovering around a 50-percent success rate, the Steelers lead the league at 78.57 percent. Ben Roethlisberger said after Thursday's win that he and OC Randy Fichtner are working well together. That collaboration is translating inside the 20.

Hasselbeck: Steelers are 'bigger than any one player' (1:30)
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3dAdam Schefter

Sources: Bell stands to lose $200k in benefits

Le'Veon Bell will forgo roughly $200,000 in additional benefits that come along with a credited NFL season if he doesn't report to the Steelers by Tuesday's deadline, sources tell ESPN.

Fowler: Steelers upset Bell isn't going to show up (1:05)

Team Stats

Passing Yards314.23rd
Rushing Yards105.721st
Points For30.84th
Points Against23.213th