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Mike Tomlin doesn't know when Le'Veon Bell

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    13 de marzo de 2019, 18:25:36 PDT
    is going to show up for work.Maybe it'll be in time for the Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro running back to be ready for Sunday's season opener at Cleveland.Or maybe Bell will skip a week to send one last message about his frustration over not being able to sign a long-term deal during the offseason.Or maybe Bell will wait until early November to sign his one-year franchise tender http://www.steelerscheapauthenticstore.com/vince-williams-jersey-cheap , a move that would cost him millions in lost salary up front, a windfall Bell hopes to recoup when he hits free agency next spring.Tomlin insists he has too much going on getting ready to chase a third straight AFC North title to keep checking Bell's locker for evidence of his arrival."When he gets here, that's when we'll start quantifying Le'Veon Bell-related things," Tomlin said Tuesday.Though Tomlin has been in contact with Bell during Bell's lengthy sabbatical — the three-time Pro Bowler's last appearance with the team was during a playoff loss to Jacksonville in January — Tomlin has no idea what to expect whenever Bell signs the contract that will make him both the highest-paid running back in the league and start the countdown to his departure in 2019.So Tomlin declined to get into specifics about how long it might take for Bell to get ready to play after not practicing for eight months. Could be a week, as it was last year. Could be longer."Right now, (I'm) singularly focused on the guys focused that have been here," Tomlin said.Second-year running back James Conner chief among them. The former Pitt star made significant strides during training camp. Following an uneven rookie season in which he dealt with various health concerns — including a knee injury in December that landed him on injured reserve — Conner's rise over the spring and summer left his teammates confident and his head coach impressed.Asked if he's more comfortable with the depth behind Bell than he was heading into the 2017 opener, Tomlin said yes. When asked why Youth Joe Haden Jersey , Tomlin simply replied "James.""The status and condition and the approach of James," Tomlin said. "We had a rookie that missed a lot of time due to soft tissue injuries and lack of general readiness to a guy that's done the things that we've outlined."The Steelers drafted Conner in the third round in 2017, capping a remarkable 18 months in which he recovered from a cancer diagnosis in November 2015 to become the ACC's all-time leading touchdown scorer at Pitt.Conner tweaked his hamstring on the first day of rookie minicamp shortly after being selected and only showed flashes of the player who ran for 3,733 yards and found the end zone 56 times for the Panthers.Conner ran 23 times for 144 yards while occasionally spelling Bell last season. Now he finds himself atop the depth chart until Bell arrives.Conner looked the part of a starter during the preseason, running for a team-high 100 yards, including a bruising 26-yard touchdown run against Green Bay's starting defense. Conner has also drawn raves for his improvement as a receiver out of the backfield — a weakness last summer — and his work in pass protection."If we start off with James, I think we'll be fine either way," guard Ramon Foster said. "He's a guy that's made strides. He's made us confident in him. So he gets the start Cheap Terrell Edmunds Jersey , we roll with him. No disrespect to (Bell), we've got to move. This is a moving train."NOTES: Tomlin said he believes the team is relatively healthy heading into the opener and did not rule anyone out for Cleveland. WR Antonio Brown (groin) did not play at all during the preseason. TE Vance McDonald (foot) has been out since the first week of training camp while CB Mike Hilton and rookie WR James Washington (oblique) were slowed in late August. ... Tomlin said he's fine with the depth at outside linebacker, but did not rule out whether the team would look to add at the position. Fans in the upper deck at Paul Brown Stadium hung a banner that read: "Make Them Respect Us." Instead, the Steelers broke their hearts in the last minute all over again.The Bengals let yet another one slip away against their AFC North rival, and this one hurt in many familiar ways. Antonio Brown's 31-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown with 10 seconds left sent Pittsburgh to a 28-21 victory Sunday.It's seven and a row and counting in a one-sided rivalry that always seems to turn out the Steelers' way."I can't really explain it," said receiver Tyler Boyd, who had two touchdown catches .Whenever they come to Cincinnati, the Steelers (3-2-1) have confidence they can pull another one out no matter how far down http://www.steelerscheapauthenticstore.com/stephon-tuitt-jersey-cheap , no matter how little time is left. They've done it repeatedly during that seven-game winning streak.When Joe Mixon scored on a four-yard touchdown run with 1:18 to go, the Bengals (4-2) celebrated as though they'd finally gotten that breakthrough win. They should have known better."We left enough time on there for them to go down and score," receiver Alex Erickson said.The Steelers knocked the Bengals out of the playoffs in 2015 with the help of Vontaze Burfict's hit to Brown's head, which set up Chris Boswell's field goal for an 18-16 victory with 14 seconds left. During the seven-game streak, the Steelers have rallied from deficits of 17-0 and 17-3 to win at Paul Brown Stadium. Last December, Boswell's 38-yard field goal on the final play gave Pittsburgh a 23-20 win.Brown's touchdown was the latest entry to the litany of letdowns."Imagine how we feel," cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick said. "I imagine how the fans feel."They stood stunned as thousands of Steelers fans among them twirled their yellow towels in celebration. When Andy Dalton's pass fell incomplete to end it, a scuffle broke out among players on the field as fans headed for the exits.The numbers are staggering. The Bengals are 8-25 against the Steelers during coach Marvin Lewis' 16 seasons Youth Xavier Grimble Jersey , including 2-16 at Paul Brown Stadium, including two playoff losses. Overall, Cincinnati has lost 10 of 11 and 15 of 18 in the series.The Bengals' defense was depleted by injuries on the final drive, but the decision to go for an all-out blitz and leave no safeties to protect the end zone wound up costing them. Ben Roethlisberger saw the defense line up and knew it could be a touchdown if he got the ball to Brown quickly. Brown ran untouched to the end zone, cutting behind Justin Hunter's block."We are not going to second-guess anything," Lewis said. "They made the play and we didn't."The game also added another layer of hard feelings. Burfict traded words with Roethlisberger 3 minutes into the game, and a teammate had to push Burfict away from James Conner to prevent a penalty after the Steelers running back scored a touchdown.Burfict hit Brown in the head as he was being tackled after a reception in the third quarter. The play wasn't flagged, but Brown got up woozy and had to miss a couple of plays before returning. The NFL is expected to review the play."A nasty hit Youth JuJu Smith-Schuster Jersey ," Brown said.After the game, Burfict yelled at a reporter who asked a Bengals player about the hit. Lewis declined to comment on it."I don't know what play you are talking about," he said. "There were a lot of plays out there." Custom Miami Dolphins Jerseys