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The Steelers could be facing a big loss as running back James Conner suffered a concussion after taking a hit Thursday against the Panthers. Bell is seeking a massive long-term deal and not showcasing his talents the season prior to that will likely hurt this chances.

But despite Bell's tweet, the Steelers still haven't heard from him and their focus remains the same with the players and coaches in the building as they prepare for Thursday's game vs. Carolina, a source told ESPN. If Bell does not sign by Tuesday, he will be ineligible to play in the National Football League this season.

But there are people who wonder if he's actually saying it's time for the Steelers to "pass the sticks" to him, particularly after Conner left the game with a concussion.

"We're in uncharted territory here in terms of, this really has never happened before as far as I know", Rooney said.

When Bell reports, the Steelers can exercise a two-week roster exemption with the option to withhold pay during that time if Bell is not in game shape.

Bell does not have to report to the Steelers by a certain date to get an accrued season to become eligible for free agency, contrary to what ESPN and others previously reported. "We'll cross those bridges when we get to them at the end of the season".

"Just about everybody has an opinion on my life & anxious about what I'm doing", Bell wrote. With last night's win in the books, Pittsburgh has now rattled off five-straight en route to a 6-2-1 record.

Conner, a third-round pick in 2017, has had a breakout season replacing Bell in the Steelers backfield.