Final decision day here for Bell, Steelers


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Steelers running backs James Conner (30) and Le'Veon Bell (26). -- MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

The day of reckoning is finally here. One way or another, by 4 p.m. today, the Steelers will know whether they move forward this season with or without All-Pro running back Le'Veon Bell.

That's the NFL deadline for players who have been given the franchise tag to either show up and sign the deal or be ineligible to play at all this season.

We’ll know what Bell has decided later today, and the Steelers (6-2-1) will return Wednesday from their break, following their 52-21 thumping of the Panthers last Thursday, with clarity in the situation as they begin preparations to play Sunday in Jacksonville (3-6).

Considering Bell hasn't signed as of yet, it appears he is willing to sit out the entire season rather than play for the $5.99 million he has remaining on the $14.54-million offer he would have received had he signed at the beginning of the season.

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