Jordan Reed, who has missed all of training camp with a toe injury, has been activated from the Active/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list and is expected to play in the Redskins’ third preseason game.
Reed told reporters he’s working with customized orthotics that fit in his shoe and he expects to be ready for the regular season.
“It’s been working good,” Reed said, via the team’s website. “It’s helped my toe out a lot and when I tried them out it felt really good.”
According the Post-Gazette, which cited unidentified sources, the Steelers and Bell’s agent felt they had come to terms on the multiyear deal that would’ve paid more than $30 million in its first two years. But Bell nixed the contract, and once the 4 p.m. ET deadline passed, the team was prohibited from signing Bell to a long-term deal.
Instead, he would be paid the $12.12 million for 2017 as franchise-tagged player if he signs, some $4 million more than the next-highest paid running back on a multiyear contract (the Falcons’ recently signed Devonta Freeman to a deal worth $8.25 million per year).
According to Friday’s report, the Steelers expect Bell to sign his franchise tag and report soon. NFL players don’t forfeit pay for missing preseason games, but once the regular season starts Bell would lose more than $700,000 per each week for up to 10 weeks, at which point he no longer could play for the Steelers in 2017.
“He has not given any indication to anybody that he plans to hold out into the season,’’ Steelers president Art Rooney II told the Post-Gazette on Thursday.