Steelers' Mike Tomlin On Le'Veon Bell: "We Need Volunteers, Not Hostages"

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Mike Tomlin Takes Shot at Le'Veon Bell: 'We Need Volunteers, Not Hostages'

"We haven't spent a lot of time focused on it because it's not in our control", Tomlin said of Bell's holdout, after praising the work of fill-in RB James Conner, who ranks second in the National Football League with 599 rushing yards and third with nine TDs. Right now, that's unclear. But the clock is ticking for Bell, and he must report to the Steelers by 4 p.m. on November 13 in order to preserve his eligibility for this season. No one but the men inside the dressing room really know the particulars.

Head coach Mike Tomlin could just hand Bell the keys and make him the feature back for the rest of the season.

"We haven't spent a lot of time focused on [Bell being gone] because it's not within our control".

Le'Veon Bell #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field on January 14, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Bell does not have to report to the Steelers by a certain date to get an accrued season to become eligible for free agency, contrary to what ESPN and others previously reported. "We need volunteers, not hostages".

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Steelers offensive lineman David DeCastro also seemed pretty exhausted of talking about the situation. "Obviously that's not how it works", DeCastro said to The MMQB.

"Why waste more energy on it?" I have to block some of the best players on the best defense in the world. If he shows up, you're blocking your guy the same as you would for Conner. A return to Pittsburgh would be a positive step.

However, Bell, who has apparently been spending time in South Florida, took to Twitter and left a tweet that may have suggested that he might be ready to return to the Steelers.

The Steelers are set to play the Panthers on Thursday night.

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