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Le’Veon Bell removed from Steelers’ official roster ahead of Week 3

The Pittsburgh Steelers have removed Le’Veon Bell from the team’s official roster ahead of Monday night’s showdown with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as noted in a tweet from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

It merits noting that Bell has not been completely scrubbed out of existence, though, as the disgruntled running back can now be found under the Steelers’ Reserve/Franchise Player designation on the team’s site.

By no means is Bell’s name being removed from the official roster indicative of anything, really. Although it certainly does not point to a resolution being reached anytime soon. But it’s not like that notion was not already common knowledge well ahead of the removal of Bell’s name from the roster.

Bell has skipped the Steelers’ first two games, a tie to the Cleveland Browns in Week 1 and a tough loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2, leaving the team reeling and winless at 0-1-1. And there are no signs that Bell is about to report in time for Week 3. In fact, there appears to be no chance of it, as the running back has been spotted doing just about everything but preparing to play football in recent days.

Amid the protracted drama that has bled into the regular season, Bell is also said to be upset that his teammates called him out and criticized him in the media over his failure to report to the team, sign his $14.54 million franchise tender and return things to some semblance of normalcy. That development is hardly surprising given how Bell reacted to those slights a few weeks ago on Instagram.

Meanwhile, the Steelers are navigating yet another player-related distraction courtesy of Antonio Brown’s social media antics this week, not to mention his failure to show up for Monday’s team meeting. The superstar wide receiver is expected to rejoin the team on Wednesday, however.

The Steelers appear to be unraveling in stunning and rapid fashion and there’s no evidence Bell is about to walk into the locker room and save the day, if one player being able to save the Steelers is even possible at this point.