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    Quote Originally Posted by onejayhawk View Post
    Word is he will report tomorrow, which means he gets paid for game one without suiting up, ie taking the hits. Probably won't be 100% for game two.

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    If I am the coach he would be suiting up and taking lots of hits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregg View Post
    If I am the coach he would be suiting up and taking lots of hits.
    Do you mean that he should be playing in the game?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregg View Post
    If I am the coach he would be suiting up and taking lots of hits.
    Why? Because he finally is using the only hammer that he's got to get a long term deal? I never fault the player in situations like these, it's such a short career, they need to maximize the amount of guaranteed money they get. And Bell has already taken lots of hits for the club...who knows what he'll be like at the age of 45? Old football players with all of their faculties are rarer that you'd think.
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    And he missed today's deadline, meaning he won't get paid for Week 1, so you can strike him for this week at least.

    Now it's getting hairy. If he doesn't report next week, then he stands a good chance to be out until Week 10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornsby View Post
    Why? Because he finally is using the only hammer that he's got to get a long term deal? I never fault the player in situations like these, it's such a short career, they need to maximize the amount of guaranteed money they get. And Bell has already taken lots of hits for the club...who knows what he'll be like at the age of 45? Old football players with all of their faculties are rarer that you'd think.
    A long term deal is a pipe dream, so I would not put any weight on that.

    As Ed says, it may be week 10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornsby View Post
    Why? Because he finally is using the only hammer that he's got to get a long term deal? I never fault the player in situations like these, it's such a short career, they need to maximize the amount of guaranteed money they get. And Bell has already taken lots of hits for the club...who knows what he'll be like at the age of 45? Old football players with all of their faculties are rarer that you'd think.
    If I am a coach old football players and what he will be like at age 45 is not my concern. His contract is not my concern.

    As players, agents, and General Managers like to say after salary negotiations: "its just business." As a coach it is my business to win games. If he helps win games he would be playing. He does help win games, he would be be playing.

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    Yes.

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    "Steelers brass is moving forward as if running back Le'Veon Bell will not available for at least the first four-to-six weeks of the season, according to league sources, and have been given no indication the Pro Bowl running back will be reporting anytime soon.

    Bell has yet to sign his $14.5 million franchise tag and seems intent on skipping a substantial portion of the season -- and forgoing those game checks -- to mitigate the risk of injury as he pursues a record contract elsewhere in the offseason. The Steelers placed the franchise tag on Bell for a second straight year, with Bell walking away from an offer that would have paid him $48 million over the first three years.

    Neither Bell, nor his agent Adisa Bakari, have given team officials any indication as to when Bell plans to return. Once he failed to show up to practice this week, they began bracing for him to miss multiple games and are operating as if he will skip a considerable amount of time. Some are guessing at least a month, and it would not be a total shock if in fact he waited until Week 10 to return just in time to secure his free-agent status at the end of the season and prevent his contract from tolling. (Texans left tackle Duane Brown took the same approach a year ago, while still under contract, before getting dealt at the trade deadline.)"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregg View Post
    If I am a coach old football players and what he will be like at age 45 is not my concern. His contract is not my concern.

    As players, agents, and General Managers like to say after salary negotiations: "its just business." As a coach it is my business to win games. If he helps win games he would be playing. He does help win games, he would be be playing.
    If that's the attitude that Coaches and GM's have, I couldn't support the player more. These are future quality of life issues here, players who may be crippled by age 50, or have CTE...

    I'll never forget how tormented Junior Seau was...so much so that he shot himself in the chest to save his brain for study.

    I'll be on the players side every damn time...
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    Bell played high-stakes poker - and he lost.
    he needs to fold his cards, and move on.

    oh, James Conner had a pretty fair game today in his place today - 31 carries, 135 yards. 6 catches, 52 yards. you think those linemen furious with Bell weren't super-motivated?

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