Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell continued his holdout on Wednesday.
Ahead of Pittsburgh's home-opener against the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday, the team has removed Bell from their depth chart which makes sense considering he's not a member of the Steelers at this time, and won't be until he puts pen to paper on that contract.
James Conner, who had almost 200 total yards in Week 1, is now listed as Pittsburgh's No. 1 running back. During his first career start last week, the former third-round pick totaled 135 rushing yards, 57 receiving yards, and two touchdowns in an impressive showing.
In his absence, Williams rushed for 907 yards and 11 touchdowns, and the Steelers were able to finish the year with a 10-6 record and reach the divisional round of the playoffs.
Bell has held out since training camp after failing to come to terms on a contract extension with the Steelers.
Bell's name appears below the depth charts and it comes with a note indicating he has not signed his "franchise tender".
The Steelers running back will have until Saturday afternoon of this week to report in order to receive his game check and potentially be on the roster.
The Steelers did not offer an explanation as to why Bell was left off the depth chart, but it is a significant development nevertheless as the running back had topped the list since Pittsburgh first released their depth chart for 2018. Unless something unexpected occurs, Bell missing meetings, practices, and games will continue to be the status quo for the foreseeable future.
The Steelers and the running back failed to agree a long-term deal ahead of the July 16 deadline for franchise-tagged players. Pittsburgh's offense will need to clean up its act and avoid having another disastrous six-turnover day if they want to beat an explosive Chiefs attack which impressed in Week 1.