Le'Veon Bell is expected to report to the Pittsburgh Steelers during the Week 7-8 time frame.
The Steelers are on a bye in Week 7.
Bell is still sitting out while refusing to sign his franchise tender, but said he's in prime physical condition and could play football "tomorrow" if he needed. He added he'll be "fully committed" to playing his best for Pittsburgh upon his return.
"It sucks having to sit out football," Bell said by telephone from South Florida on Monday. "I want to play. I want to win games and the playoffs.
"But I've gotta take this stand. Knowing my worth and knowing I can tear a ligament or get surgery at any time, I knew I couldn't play 16 games with 400 or more touches."