The Pittsburgh Steelers expect Le'Veon Bell to report in time for next week's game.
Bell, who has missed 10 weeks without signing his $14.5 million franchise tag, must report by Tuesday or he forfeits the 2018 season.
Bell has missed out on $8.52 million this season but is hoping to preserve his health for a long-term contract.
"I don't know what his plans are, but I would say that at this point we expect him to come back next week," Art Rooney II said. "We know he's back in Pittsburgh, so we're hoping to have some communications with him over the weekend. We're kind of expecting he'll be back next week."