Le’Veon Bell misses deadline to report to Steelers; his season is now over

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 14: Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) signals first down during the AFC Divisional Playoff game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Pittsburgh Steelers on January 14, 2018 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa. (Photo by Mark Alberti/ Icon Sportswire)

PITTSBURGH — Le’Veon Bell’s season — and, most likely, his tenure with the Pittsburgh Steelers — came to an end Tuesday, when the disgruntled running back missed the 4 p.m. deadline to remain eligible to play this year by reporting to the team, according to NFL insider Adam Schefter.

Bell’s season is now over. He will become an unrestricted free agent over the winter, Schefter says.

The Steelers will turn to running back James Connor, who has started all season in Bell’s stead. Connor is expected to be out of the NFL’s concussion protocol in time to play in Sunday’s game.

General manager Kevin Colbert released a statement confirming Bell’s absence.

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