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Le’Veon Bell confirms return to Steelers next week in odd manner?

Le’Veon Bell reportedly has confirmed — albeit by unorthodox means — he will indeed end his holdout by reporting to the Pittsburgh Steelers next Monday.

The news comes via Twitter courtesy of Jonathan Skurowitz, who covers the MLB’s Miami Marlins for SB Nation, of all things. In the tweet, Skurowitz is shown in a photograph posing with Bell along with the news of apparent end to the disgruntled running back’s lengthy holdout over a protracted contract dispute.

The belief was that Bell may report to the Steelers this week, which would have given him the team’s Week 7 bye to get back up to speed ahead of a Week 8 showdown with the Cleveland Browns. It would also allowed Bell to not have to forfeit yet another $855K game check.

However, the running back was a no-show at the team’s facility and reports later appeared to confirm the Steelers had no expectations he would report this week.

Earlier this month, Bell said he was “still holding out hope” for a long-term deal with the Steelers. And with the NFL’s looming Oct. 30 trade deadline — which comes after Week 8 — Bell added he did not expect to be traded, despite reports the Steelers were at least at one point entertaining offers.

Bell, if he does indeed report next Monday — and until he’s actually in the building it should not be assumed — will be paid a prorated portion of  this season’s $14.54 million franchise tender.