Let's be real here. Put yourself in Bell's shoes. No way is going to step foot on the field this year. If he does, he's not as smart as his agent and everyone else keeps saying he is.
Hear me out, why would he come back and actually suit up in Week 11 when he's already forfeited 10 game checks AND if he tears an ACL in "non contact" practice or stretching, whatever, not only is he completely screwed for his next contract, but he wouldn't even collect the full $14 million this year, so there would have been NO POINT to holdout or stay away.
Here's exactly how this should play out and what I would do if I was in his situation.
1. Come back as late as possible and report "My hammy is tight" or "I have a migraine" or whatever the hell excuse he wants to make sure he does not jeopardize his future.
2. Get paid in the off season. And he WILL get paid in the off season.
The amount of disrespect the shitty Steelers organization show's most of it's players (with the exception of the QB). is on them. You have the best RB over the last 3 years and you don't pay this guy!?!? And then you have guys who haven't done it as long as him getting paid left and right. F that noise.
I love how people think "other" teams will sour on him, lol. For what? respecting his worth? Other teams will pay him and when gets his guaranteed money he won't be holding out and disgruntled and oh by the way didn't get ran into the ground with another 400+ touches and 1000+ hits on his body from this year.
And if you drafted him, or own him (Which I do btw, but have Conner at least). don't call him greedy or "not a team player". That's all BS. If any one of you were in his shoes, with the way RB's are treated and their lack of longevity, he deserves to get pad and he can do whatever he needs to do to ensure that.
Packers should jump all over him in the off season, Rodgers would be God Like with him in that lineup.