Steelers teammates turn on Le'Veon Bell: 'He f--ked us'

Mae Harvey
September 6, 2018

Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell refuses to sign his $14.5 million franchise tender with the season opener just days away, and his offensive linemen have had enough.

The Steelers have the option of doing so. After all, it is Week 1 in the National Football League and Bell showed up on the Sunday prior one year ago.

The Steelers had a team meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning and Bell once again wasn't present.

Le'Veon Bell is prepared for a stand-off with the Pittsburgh Steelers over his contract situation. The team appeared hopeful he would report this week - as he did a year ago to end his holdout when Week 1 began - but with Sunday's opener against the Browns looming, his support appears to be losing steam.

Whether Bell reports or not, some of his teammates are frustrated with the three-time Pro Bowler. While Roethlisberger would like to have all of his weapons at his disposal, he also knows it's more than one player that makes the offense tick.

"James is a year better than he was last year at this time", said Roethlisberger.

In 2017 under ex-coordinator Todd Haley, the Steelers' offense got a little stale at times in terms of the volume and versatility of personnel used.

"You can just chalk it up as an injury, next man up", Pouncey said. We're going to have to keep an eye on him, two eyes. "Trust me. We still went out there and did 40 plays in practice and everything was good".

Maurkice Pouncey sounds like he's over the whole thing, telling NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala: "Why play hide and seek?" Did anyone know (Kansas City's) Kareem Hunt would be an all-pro before last season? From his agent threatening that Bell might sit out until week 10, to his Pittsburgh Steelers teammates taking shots at him, he has been dominating the news cycle.

In wake of Bakari's comments, several Steelers players have called out Bell, including the guys who do the blocking for him.

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