Pittsburgh Steelers’ running back Le’Veon Bell was not in practice on Wednesday. His teammates, who were reportedly expecting him, were not pleased.

Maurkice Pouncey took an apparent shot at Bell earlier, which you can read about here. But he was not done.

Pouncey was not alone in his criticism of Bell. Fellow offensive lineman Ramon Foster criticized the running back in even harsher terms.

Regardless of where you stand on the matter of Bell’s contract, there’s no way to spin this as anything but a clear negative.

He’s alienated at least some of his teammates. The Steelers have a potential championship contending roster. The players on the team are obviously getting more frustrated at Bell’s absence this close to the season opener.

These aren’t anonymous players, either. These players are putting their names behind some rather pointed criticisms.

When Bell finally does report to camp, it certainly feels as though some fences will need to be mended.

Michael Dixon
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