Tensions are brewing between Le’Veon Bell and teammates

Tensions are brewing between Le’Veon Bell and teammates

Pittsburgh has James Conner healthy and ready to go but can he sustain the offense for 10 games?

"One veteran Steeler told me players waited a day to criticize Bell to give him a chance to come in Wednesday but 'he f-ed us,'" reports Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. "I just hate it came to this", said guard Ramon Foster. We'd like [Bell] out there, but we've got guys who can make plays for us. Even if he does finally break the hold out and show up in time for Sunday's game, it's going to cause problems for Pittsburgh if everybody in their locker room is ticked off at him.

"Honestly it's a little selfish", center Maurkice Pouncey told reporters after practice.

Bell has been with the Steelers since getting by them in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. The team appeared hopeful he would report this week - as he did past 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.

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"So I'd like to say that the linemen are more important than any skill position player, including myself, on this team".

"We are disappointed Le'Veon Bell has not signed his franchise tender and rejoined his teammates. Just man up and tell us what you're going to do", Pouncey said, per NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala. They'll see these Steelers - Bell or not - for the first time in Week 6. Each week Bell skips, he forfeits $852,941.

"Le'Veon has several years left in football; we know his days in Pittsburgh are precarious at best; we also know how he's been utilized in the past by the Steelers organization", Bakari added Wednesday on NFL Live. "We'll worry about (Bell) in Week 2".