This all but rules out Bell playing in Week 1, which may be the point. As long as he shows up by Friday or Saturday to take a physical and sign his franchise tender, he’ll earn his Week 1 game check while being spared 20-30 touches worth of NFL punishment. Given how the Steelers have treated him—he led the league with a truly insane 406 touches last season and still couldn’t get paid—it makes sense for him to try and get through this season with as little wear and tear as possible so that another team will give him a big contract next offseason. This won’t be anyone’s idea of an inspiring swan song, but it’s the one the Steelers deserve.