On Tuesday evening, Bell essentially confirmed Rapoport's report, and even provided a specific date for his comeback, too.
Asked on Twitter about when he'd return from his absence, Bell tweeted Sept. 1 with a winking emoji.
Bell has sat out the entirety of Steelers camp and preseason so far, unhappy he didn't get a long-term deal that would have provided more security, and more money, than the one-year, $12.1 million franchise tag Pittsburgh placed on him this offseason.
Rapoport reported Monday this return was the plan all along.
When Berry returned from his absence and played out the 2016 season, he got paid in the offseason, inking a huge six-year, $78 million deal.
Bell can only hope his training camp absence produces similar results.