Per NFL Network's Judy Battista, the team is not expecting the veteran running back to report to the facility this week, according to a source.
Pittsburgh will head into its bye week without Bell, a star player currently not under contract after refusing to sign his $14.54 million franchise tender with the club.
Whispered about as a trade candidate, Bell reportedly planned to rejoin the Steelers this week in order to accrue a season toward free agency while simultaneously reducing the 16-game wear-and-tear on his body.
Bottom line: Bell is looking out for himself. Whether or not you agree with his argument, the Steelers are in the business of preparing for the next opponent and hanging around in a feisty AFC North.
We'll keep pinging you with updates as to where Mr. Bell sits on the happiness-with-his-job scale, but Pittsburgh has something in Conner -- and will press on if their so-called lead back decides to continue his sojourn away from the field.
We should all be so lucky -- to float around America with nobody tugging on us to be here or there at every second of the day.