Do the Steelers Even Want Le’Veon Bell Back

The Pittsburg Steelers are on a roll with winning their last five games. They recently took care of the Carolina Panthers with a blowout win, 52 to 21. All of this happening without their star running back, Le’Veon Bell. The Steelers are now 6-2-1 and it doesn’t seem like they really need Le’Veon Bell. Now would the team accept him coming back? Yes, of course, because it brings the team depth and Bell is one of the best running backs in the game. It doesn’t look like the team will struggle without him but adding a guy who hasn’t been taking a beat down all season long will benefit your team despite all the drama that has happened.

James Conner has filled in nicely into this Steelers offense and has really taken advantage of the opportunity. He has found the end zone in seven of the nine games played this year. He is in a class with five other Steelers that have rushed over hundred yards in four straight games. Conner is a hard worker, overcoming so much adversity. He was diagnosed with cancer, something that could really put someone’s work ethic down. However, he worked hard, beat cancer, had a great senior year at Pittsburg, and then drafted in the third round by the Pittsburg Steelers.

The Steelers expect Le’Veon Bell to report to the organization early next week. We don’t know how the players on the team feel about the situation as they have remained silent when talking to the media. Although at the beginning of the year, the offensive line shared their two opinions about the situation by calling out Bell but since that moment, it hasn’t been discussed. Coach Mike Tomlin, however, has made a recent statement about Bell saying, “We need volunteers, not hostages.” This was clearly some sort of shot at the running back but it didn’t stop him from responding back with an upside-down tweet.

No one knows what to expect what would happen in that locker room if Bell does decide to return to the team. Bell could stir some awkwardness but at the end of the day, the team will accept the star running back. I know things are not on good terms but these are professional athletes and they understand the man was just protecting his career by holding out. I see both sides of the situation, Bell holding out for the money he wants but bailing on a group of guys who expect to compete for a Super Bowl can lead to some criticism. It’s a tricky situation that no one knows how it’s going to end. However, what we do know is that Le’Veon Bell won’t be wearing a Pittsburg Steelers jersey next year.

Zachary Connell (@ZackConnell2)

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