Bell's absence certainly didn't go unnoticed by upper management.
"We are disappointed Le'Veon Bell has not signed his franchise tender and rejoined his teammates," Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement released by the team. "Coach [Mike] Tomlin and the coaching staff will continue to focus on preparing the players on our roster for our regular-season opener on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns."
For a second consecutive summer, Bell has stayed away from team activities since the deadline for teams signing franchise-tagged players to an extension passed on July 16. Bell's agent, Adisa Bakari, released a statement and pointed out that "this now likely will be Le'Veon's last season as a Steeler."
While Bell reported in time for Week 1 last year, it remains unclear when he will show up before the first game.
Bell will stand to lose money if he misses games at a hefty cost of more than $855,000 per game.