Le'Veon Bell reportedly set to return to Pittsburgh Steelers after bye week

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One of the biggest recurring stories of the 2018 season so far has been that of Le'Veon Bell and his holdout from the start of the Pittsburgh Steelers campaign.

The Steelers currently find themselves with a 1-2-1 record after the weekend's embarrassing loss to AFC North rivals the Baltimore Ravens, falling 26-14 to Joe Flacco and the Ravens' intimidating new-look defense. 

With the Steelers already posting two losses, the calls have been getting louder and louder for Bell to make his return, with fan anger increasing with every defeat. Luckily for them, we may finally know when the talisman will return.

According to a report from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Bell plans to return to the Steelers after their bye week in Week 7.

That would put him in line to see a return to the field for Week 8, where they will be taking on another divisional rival - the Cleveland Browns. 

Fowler spoke to Bell on the phone yesterday, but the running back didn’t technically say this was his plan.

Instead, Fowler cites a source who apparently told him Bell is expecting to report around Week 7 or 8.

In the actual interview, Bell did reiterate that he never planned on sitting out the entire season, which we all kind of knew anyway because if the former Michigan State man doesn't return by Week 10 he loses his ability to be a free agent next year.

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Bell said his biggest reason for sitting out was his need to stay healthy, and not put additional strain on his body that could cost him millions.

“It sucks having to sit out football,” Bell told Fowler. “I want to play. I want to win games and the playoffs. But I’ve gotta take this stand. Knowing my worth and knowing I can tear a ligament or get surgery at any time, I knew I couldn’t play 16 games with 400 or more touches.”

We all saw what happened at the weekend with Earl Thomas. The Seahawks safety cost himself money by returning and playing for the Seahawks - only to suffer a broken leg against the Cardinals on Sunday.

Le'Veon Bell won't make that mistake. He's minimizing all his risks. 

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