Ex-NFL player: Le'Veon Bell's teammates 'brainwashed' by Steelers

Heather Diaz
September 8, 2018

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 14: Le'Veon Bell #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field on January 14, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. "They might think it's pressure, but to me it's just football and doing my job".

"He's making seven times what I make, twice was much as [left tackle Al Villanueva] is making and we're the guys who do it for him". The support comes despite the fact that Bell is nearly certainly set to miss Pittsburgh's season-opener, and no one knows for certain when the arguably the best running back in the league returns to the Steelers. 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. And they're not happy about it.

Fellow offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey told reporters, "Honestly it's a little selfish". Why let your agent say this? Jerry Richardson bought the Carolina Panthers for US$200 million in 1993, and he just sold them for US$2.2 billion.

If Conner ends up having a huge game against the Browns, that's good news for the Steelers and bad news for Bell. "It's kind of weird". That would include the team, which issued a feisty-sounding statement after Bell failed to show up Sunday night (or even Monday morning). All that feels like years ago now.

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As it becomes more likely Bell will miss the Steelers' season opener against the Cleveland Browns, Bell's teammates appear to be losing patience. We'll move on as a team.

Given everything he's been through do you think Conner is intimidated by stepping into Le'Veon Bell's roster spot?

But the frustration has now leaked into the locker room to the point where players now appear to be on management's side - or at least they're not respecting the way Bell is going about his holdout, seemingly leaving many of them in the dark on his plans. Will a team such as the New York Jets try to swoop in and trade for Bell with tensions seemingly at an all-time high?

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