Steelers to start James Conner Week 1

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Le'Veon Bell ended his 2017 holdout in time to practice with the Steelers the first week of the season.

"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.

The Steelers organization announced its disappointment with Bell on Monday, but Pouncey said the players understand why the All-Pro running back is holding out and expect him to deliver another superb season. We know the business side of it.

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"Coach Tomlin and the coaching staff will continue to focus on preparing the players on our roster for our regular season opener on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns", the rest of the statement read. You see Khalil Mack?

Jones had spent the past five seasons on the roster, including three as Ben Roethlisberger's backup, before being let go Saturday.

"Last year [Bell] didn't need any [practices] and was best in the league", Pouncey said. "Conner has busted his a-", OG Ramon Foster said. "We'll weigh all of those things at the appropriate time, but right now we're just singularly focused on the guys who are here and working, (the guys) who have been here and working, and just kind of building a plan around variables that we know". It's fine. He showed up previous year at the same time.

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"No sense in talking about it", he said. "I trust James", he said. Cleveland is a good team. "That's the appropriate thing". Conner received the first-team reps in preseason, and Tomlin said the game plan will not be altered if Bell isn't on the field.

Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward insisted that the Bell situation won't be a distraction to the team, no matter how it plays out. But he got some props for his work during the offseason, advancing the idea he could eventually replace Bell as the Steelers' lead back.

Bell has stayed away from the team as a way to avoid injury and exercise his leverage as he seeks a contract extension.

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