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Steelers players are fed up with Le’Veon Bell amid holdout

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Various Steelers are starting to voice their frustration with Le’Veon Bell ahead of their Week 1 matchup with the Browns.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are starting to come unhinged before Week 1 even kicks off, at least when it comes to Le’Veon Bell.

The All-Pro running back continues to stay away from the team after being hit with the franchise tag yet again. The two sides were unable to work out a new deal over the summer, which means Bell must once again play under a one-year deal with no long-term security.

This has Bell in a bad place with the Steelers organization, as he held out for all of OTAs, training camp and the preseason. He was, however, expected to be back at practice by the time Week 1 began, but thus far, Bell has yet to arrive in Pittsburgh.

This has his teammates very frustrated, and it’s starting to boil over into the public eye with Maurkice Pouncey, Ramon Foster and David Decastro all commenting on the situation. It says a lot that veterans are turning their backs on Bell.

I think it’s safe to say Pittsburgh isn’t in a good place ahead of the new season. It also appears likely that they’ll face the Cleveland Browns in Week 1 without Bell. The star running back could even miss multiple games, which his agent threatened on Wednesday.

Maybe the Browns start the year 1-0?