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Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell didn't show up at Steelers training camp on Wednesday, despite many believing he would. That fact seriously puts his status in doubt for Sunday's Week 1 game in Cleveland. 

Typically, teams install the meat-and-potatoes portion of their game plan on Wednesday, but with this being the opening week, the process for Sunday likely began even earlier. 

Bell skipped training camp for the second-straight season, looking to strike on a long-term deal with the Steelers without risking injury. After rejecting a reported 5-year, $70-million extension to stay in Pittsburgh, Bell's only option to play right now is the $14.5-million franchise tag, if he chooses to sign it.

Bell is putting himself in a tough position, from a football perspective, but he'll still be able to cash in by showing up before Saturday.

The Steelers seem intent on letting things play out with or without Bell in Week 1, saying James Conner is ready to start, even if Bell does report. Conner has reportedly been crushing it in camp as well as preseason games, and the thought is he would take over the starting role if Bell moves on from Pittsburgh after the season.

It seems like that transition is being expedited a bit quicker with every passing minute leading up to Sunday's kickoff.

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