Former Pitt running back James Conner took the field with the Pittsburgh Steelers for organized team activities on Tuesday. It was his first time back since an MCL injury ended his rookie season in December, and notably missing from the team’s OTAs was starter Le’Veon Bell.
Bell was the only member of the team who failed to show up for the first day of the voluntary workouts, and this marks his second year in a row sitting them out. Once again, Bell is objecting to the Steelers’ decision to franchise tag him over the offseason. That led to a prolonged absence in 2017 that saw him miss training camp. This time, his holdout could extend into the regular season.
Of course, Bell’s time away from the team will free up some reps for those behind him on the depth chart, including Conner. That fact wasn’t overlooked by Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who brought up Conner after he was asked about Bell’s backups on Tuesday.
Ben: "It was fun today. It’s fun to get back out here. To be around the guys, to laugh, smile and throw the football around is always fun." pic.twitter.com/wxb68BhbZV— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 22, 2018
Source : https://www.cardiachill.com/2018/5/24/17387604/james-conner-leveon-bell-pittsburgh-steelers-nfl-otas-hold-out-100-percent-organized-team-activities