Le'Veon Bell has yet to stiff-arm anyone other than the Steelers in 2018. (Keith Srakocic/Associated Press File)

Le’Veon Bell is continuing his holdout, but that doesn’t mean the Pittsburgh Steelers are planning to trade their running back.

“I expect him to be a member of the team going forward,” owner Art Rooney II said (via the NFL Network). “That’s my expectation.”

The team had shopped Bell earlier in the season, and the Oct. 30 trade deadline is fast approaching. Previously, there had been reports that Bell would sign his franchise tender and report in Week 8. However, until that happens, nothing is certain. When he does sign and report, he and James Conner would be a formidable backfield duo. “We’ve learned that James is a darn good football player,” Rooney said. “Happy to have him.”

Rooney admitted that he was surprised that Bell’s holdout had lasted so long, and ESPN reported that the Steelers still don’t know when Bell will show up. The 3-2-1 Steelers come off their bye week Monday, and when they return to work, will Bell be among them? It’s anyone’s guess.

“I think the team has handled it well,” Rooney said. “The players have adjusted, just carrying on without him. That’s all you can do. But it’s early in the season; we have a long way to go. We just have to keep getting better every week. Can’t take anything for granted.”

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