Bengals business as usual while Steelers meltdown over Le'Veon Bell intensifies

Bengals business as usual while Steelers meltdown over Le'Veon Bell intensifies

That news did not go over well with a few Steelers teammates, specifically the offensive linemen who help pave the way for the Pro Bowl running back. The team appeared hopeful he would report this week - as he did previous year to end his holdout when Week 1 began - but with Sunday's opener against the Browns looming, his support appears to be losing steam. We also know how he's been utilized in the past by the Steelers organization. I do blame the Steelers front office for this as well to a point, this just continues their trend of how they deal with their players from Franco Harris to Mike Merriweather to Yancey Thigpen and so on. Bell knows that an National Football League running back's career is short lived and wants to make as much money as possible. "This is a team unit and that's how we play ball". Bell didn't show up Wednesday, the first practice day ahead of Sunday's Week 1 game in Cleveland. There's a sense of anger that he has intentionally left them in the dark, forcing them to answer for him.

"You could just tell he takes care of his players", Haden says.

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It feels now more than ever that this will not end well in Pittsburgh, and there's even the chance that the team moves on from him completely before he reports. "Because you know very well that I'm not obviously going to discuss our plan publicly".

Bell's agent, Adisa Bakari, has been opaque about his client's plans, telling Sirius-XM radio, "I think you can read between the lines". He has still not signed his $14.5m franchise tag. Haden not only played the Steelers twice a year but formed a friendship with Antonio Brown and kept up with Pouncey and fellow Gator-turned-Steeler Marcus Gilbert. "One guy doesn't make or break you", Roethlisberger said Wednesday.

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"I've got the opportunity to play the game again", said Conner, who endured a highly public battle with cancer during his college career. Bell still has not signed his one-year franchise tender from the Steelers, and his agent said Wednesday morning that Bell will "do the things necessary to protect his value long-term".

I agree that you need to earn all the money and security for you and your family but there is a time and a place for everything. The Steelers typically sit players who don't practice in full on Fridays, and Bell hasn't entered team headquarters in almost eight months.

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"James is a year better than he was last year at this time", said Roethlisberger. We're going to have to keep an eye on him, two eyes.

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