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    The Pittsburgh Steelers stressed all summer the need to avoid the kind of off-the-field distractions they couldn't seem to shake in 2017.

    So much for that.

    While the two-time defending AFC North champions hit the practice field on Monday to prepare for their Week 1 opener in Cleveland Womens Paul Byron Jersey , All-Pro running back Le'Veon Bell was nowhere to be found. Bell still hasn't signed his one-year franchise tender or given any indication on when he might show up, leaving his teammates to answer for him.

    "I'm not annoyed by (being asked about) it," guard Ramon Foster said, tongue firmly in cheek. "Who are you talking about? I didn't even notice."

    Center Maurkice Pouncey called Bell's absence "fine" and insisted it won't be an issue going forward.

    "The team is so locked in and focused on what we've got to do at hand this weekend that whenever he comes, we'll welcome him with open arms," Pouncey said. "Hopefully he's in shape and ready to run the football."

    A year ago Bell skipped training camp, showed up on Labor Day and was ready to play in the opener, though he and the entire offense looked sluggish in narrow 21-18 victory over the Browns. Bell finished with 32 yards on 10 carries in Cleveland and didn't really get rolling until October.

    "I think the whole offense started out kind of slow last year," Pouncey said. "To point out one thing at one person because he wasn't here (for camp) is totally wrong."

    Bell recovered in time to lead the NFL with 406 touches and likely would have won the league rushing title if he wasn't held out of a meaningless finale with Pittsburgh's playoff position already secure.

    The Steelers placed the franchise tag on him for a second straight spring hoping a long-term deal could be worked out. When the two sides failed to reach an agreement by the July 17th deadline, Bell offered an apology while promising that "2018 will be my best season to date."

    At the moment, it's a season that currently lacks a starting point.

    The players are off Tuesday, meaning Bell would have just three days of practice to get ready for the Browns if he signed his $14.5 million tender before the team took the field on Wednesday. That's not a lot of time regardless of Bell's pedigree.

    Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said the team was "disappointed" in Bell's late arrival http://www.officialhockeypanthersshop.com/authentic-adidas-james-reimer-jersey , but will focus on preparing for Cleveland with the 53 men currently on the roster.

    If Bell is not available, the Steelers will turn to second-year running back James Conner. The former Pitt star ran for 100 yards during limited action in the preseason and has won raves from his teammates for his improvement as both a blocker and a receiver.

    "I feel like James has been in a great spot this entire camp," Foster said. "He's the one that's taken all the reps. And we've got (Stevan) Ridley who is an experienced hard downfield runner too. We'll be fine in the run game and focus on those guys over there."

    While Bell is missing, Josh Dobbs is still around. The second-year quarterback capped a stellar training camp by edging veteran Landry Jones for the right to be Ben Roethlisberger's backup.

    Dobbs, who threw for a touchdown and ran for another in the exhibition finale against Carolina, said he wasn't sure he made the team until offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner called him just minutes before rosters were trimmed from 90 to 53.

    "I thought I played well when my opportunities came," Dobbs said. "I didn't know how it was going to shake out but I felt we prepared well and played well. We've just got to continue to improve moving forward."

    Rookie Mason Rudolph will be the third-stringer for now behind Dobbs and the 36-year-old Roethlisberger, who has been remarkably durable in recent seasons. Roethlisberger has missed just five games because of injury since the start of 2013.

    NOTES: The team selected Roethlisberger, Pouncey, defensive end Cam Heyward and kicker Chris Boswell as captains for the 2018 season. ... Pittsburgh re-signed S Nat Berhe on Monday and placed LB Ola Adeniyi on injured reserve.

    The Atlanta Hawks draft room was split between Luka Doncic and Trae Young.

    The Hawks ultimately chose Young because he brought the Hawks a first-round draft pick.

    The Hawks added a new floor leader to their rebuilding effort by acquiring Young in Thursday night’s exchange of NBA draft picks with the Dallas Mavericks.

    Atlanta drafted Doncic, the guard from Slovenia, with the No. 3 overall pick and then traded rights to Doncic to Dallas for rights to Young Darrell Green Jersey , who was the No. 5 selection, and a 2019 first-round pick.

    For Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk, it was all about remaining loyal to goals of adding talent and adding assets .

    ”In all honesty, our group was really split between the two,” Schlenk said, adding the Hawks regarded the guards as ”the best two playmakers in the draft.”

    ”Luka is a heck of a player. We were happy with him. Trae is a heck of a player. Obviously we’re excited to have him. When the opportunity came to pick up a first-round pick from the Mavericks, it just kind of made sense to accomplish both goals with one move.”

    The Hawks will have three first-round picks in 2019, just as in this year’s draft.

    Young is best known for his 3-point shooting. The Hawks selected Maryland’s Kevin Huerter, a shooting guard, at No. 19 overall. Atlanta’s third first-round pick was power forward Omari Spellman of Villanova, at No. 30 overall.

    Atlanta traded its second-round pick, Kansas point guard Devonte Graham Youth Luke Kuechly Jersey , to Charlotte for second-round selections in 2019 and 2023.

    Schlenk focused on outside shooters in the draft.

    Young led the nation with his averages of 27.4 points and 8.7 assists for Oklahoma. He is the first player to lead the nation in scoring and assists in the same season.

    Huerter made 42 percent of his 3-point shots as a sophomore last season at Maryland while averaging 14.8 points per game.

    Spellman (6-9, 255) was considered one of the best shooters among big men in the draft. He made 43 percent of his 3s last season while averaging 10.9 points as a freshman starter on Villanova’s national championship team.

    Young worked out for the Hawks on June 12. He said the trade to Atlanta wasn’t a surprise.

    ”I got a feeling past few days that would happen, that was a possibility, but you never really know until your name is called,” Young said in a telephone interview.

    The 6-foot-2 Young scored at least 40 points in four games and tied a Division I record by recording 22 assists in a game.

    Young’s deep 3-pointers earned him comparisons with Golden State’s Stephen Curry, but Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk said he was won over by Young’s floor leadership.

    ”We love his ability to pass the ball, to make other players better with his court vision,” said Schlenk, a former assistant GM with the Warriors. ”Obviously he gets a lot of notoriety for his long-range shooting, but I think his ability to pass the ball is what we really liked about him.”

    Schlenk’s review impressed Young.

    ”It means a lot because a lot of people in my opinion are so focused on my ability to shoot, which is a really big thing, especially in the NBA Kenny Clark Jersey , but my ability to pass I feel is really underrated,” Young said.

    Hawks veteran point guard Dennis Schroder’s future in Atlanta is uncertain. Schlenk said Schroder and Young could play together.

    This is not the first time the Hawks have quickly traded the No. 3 overall pick. In 2001, the Hawks made Pau Gasol the No. 3 overall pick and then traded his draft rights to the Memphis Grizzlies for Shareef Abdur-Rahim.

    Doncic was Atlanta’s highest draft pick since 2007, when center Al Horford was the No. 3 pick. The trade for Young gives first-year coach Lloyd Pierce a new scoring weapon.

    ”Obviously his ability to shoot the ball in today’s NBA, the 3-point shot, is very important,” Schlenk said. ”What really separates him with his shooting is his ability to shoot off the dribble. You don’t see that in a lot of guys and he possesses that.”

    The Hawks finished last in the Eastern Conference last season, when they began to rely heavily on young players. Forward-center John Collins showed promise as a rookie, and forward Taurean Prince is another young piece of the rebuilding effort. Veterans Kent Bazemore and Dwayne Dedmon are under contract for next season.

    AP Sports Writer Schuyler Dixon in Dallas contributed to this report

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