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NFL notebook: Steelers Rooney expects Bell to stay

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22 Oct 2018, 09:49 GMT+10

Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II said that he expects running back Le'Veon Bell to remain with the team this season.

Rooney made his intentions clear when asked about trade talks involving Bell ahead of the Oct. 30 deadline. The three-time Pro Bowl selection, who has yet to sign his $14.5 million franchise tag, previously said he plans to return prior to the Steelers' game against the AFC North rival Cleveland Browns on Oct. 28.

"I expect him to be a member of the team going forward. That's my expectation," the 66-year-old Rooney said.

James Conner has filled in admirably, rushing for a pair of touchdowns in back-to-back games and seven in six contests this season. He has 453 yards on the ground as well as 26 receptions for 257 yards.

"We've learned that James is a darn good football player," Rooney said. "Happy to have him."

--Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy exited Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts in the first quarter with a head injury.

McCoy, who was ruled out for the contest, fell hard on his helmet after he was hit along the sideline on a 1-yard rush. He later walked to the sideline under his own power before being evaluated in the medical tent.

McCoy has endured a tough season, as he did not finish a Week 2 contest against the Los Angeles Chargers after sustaining cracked rib cartilage. He missed the following week as a result.

McCoy has rushed for 244 yards and has 13 catches for 85 yards this season. He has yet to reach the end zone, however.

--Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker could be on the trade block after he was a surprise inactive for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions.

Parker, a former first-round pick, was listed as a full participant in practice every day this week. The 25-year-old had been dealing with a quad injury that caused him to miss a pair of games earlier this season.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported the Dolphins want at least a third-round draft pick in exchange for Parker. The trade deadline is Oct. 30.

The Miami Herald reported that the Philadelphia Eagles were among "multiple" teams that have inquired about Parker.

--New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski did not accompany the team to Chicago and was ruled inactive for Sunday's game against the Bears.

Per multiple media outlets, the Patriots are playing it safe with Gronkowski, who has been limited all week with ankle and back injuries. The 29-year-old is expected to be back in the lineup next week against the Buffalo Bills.

Gronkowski leads the Patriots with 405 receiving yards on 26 receptions this season.

--Quarterback Ryan Tannehill is expected to miss a third consecutive contest as the Miami Dolphins face a short week with a game against the Houston Texans, according to a published report.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Tannehill is expected to sit out Thursday's contest due to his right shoulder injury. Per Rapoport, the Dolphins are uncertain as to when the 30-year-old will return as he deals with an issue involving his range of motion.

Coach Adam Gase told reporters on Thursday that surgical options are not under consideration for Tannehill, who missed the entire 2017 season due to a torn ACL.

--Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa is expected to make his season debut Nov. 4 against the Seattle Seahawks, ESPN reported on Sunday.

Bosa has missed the first seven games this season with a bone bruise in his left foot. He sustained that injury during practice Aug. 11 and has yet to see the field this season.

The 23-year-old Bosa has been running for the past two weeks without issue, ESPN reported, citing sources.

--Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon was ruled inactive for Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans in London.

Gordon was limited in practice Friday, but the Chargers did not place an injury designation on him. Los Angeles coach Anthony Lynn at first said Gordon was affected by dehydration from the long flight to England.

Lynn also reasoned that Gordon did not practice much Friday because he is affected by his knees and ankles practicing three straight days.

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