Of course, one running back who won't be on the field Thursday is Le'Veon Bell.
Pictures and videos circulated online late Tuesday of Bell in the club. That's a big story in itself, but it's even more significant since Le'Veon Bell has just days to report if he wants to be eligible to play this season. Bell is seeking a massive long-term deal and not showcasing his talents the season prior to that will likely hurt this chances. Bell has been working out in Miami this season, but on Monday he tweeted "Fairwell Miami" without further explanation.More news: Donald Trump fires US Attorney General Jeff Sessions
Steelers president Art Rooney II told Sirius XM radio on Thursday that the team expects Bell to sign his $14.5 million franchise tag by next week.
Despite the video, there was no indication Wednesday that Bell had visited the team's facility. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Bell must report to the team by Tuesday November 13 at 4 pm ET or he will be ineligible to play for the remainder of the 2018 season, under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement. But the story has grown unavoidable since Bell has held out longer than any National Football League player on a franchise tag.More news: White House revokes CNN reporter's press pass after clash with Trump
"Just about everybody has an opinion on my life & anxious about what I'm doing. don't judge me off my decisions because maybe this isn't what you'd do. but most people don't take the time to just simply read between the lines". & that's clearly on them.
And on Carolina's next play from scrimmage, Newton was intercepted by Vince Williams, who returned the pick 17 yards for a touchdown with 10:05 left in the first quarter.More news: Ariana Grande performs 'Thank U, Next' in a wedding dress