The Pittsburgh Steelers took the field for Day 1 of OTAs, but one superstar was absent.
That superstar being Le’Veon Bell, who isn’t usually the type of guy to miss things. As a big team player, Bell usually tries to be at events and make sure he’s as big of a part of this team as anyone. For someone who’s arguably the second-best player on the team, it’s good to see how involved he usually is.
This time, however, Bell didn’t make an appearance. No, not being he’s upset about not getting the big contract yet or that the Steelers drafted another running back. Bell’s absence was due to him not being able to practice yet.
Le’Veon still isn’t 100%, and because these workouts are only voluntary, he chose not to participate. For a player who’s missed a lot of time since joining the league because of injuries, not pushing the limits is smart.
Even players aren’t concerned about it. Quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, commented on Bell’s absence in an interview with Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, but he made it clear that he’s not too worried about the star running back not being there.
“I’m not worried about the chemistry, but I wish he’d be here just because he’s one of the pieces to our puzzle,” Roethlisberger said. “I know he can’t participate because I don’t think he’s 100 percent healthy, but it would be nice to see him here just in terms of the chemistry and learning and being a part of this process. But obviously, it’s up to him.”
Bell loves this team as much as it loves him. He’s a star in the city of Pittsburgh, and no one ever doubts that he’d give the Steelers his all at any moment.
Just because he didn’t show up on Day 1 doesn’t mean he’s angry, protesting, or being the typical “star.” He’s worried about his healthy, and hey, no one has any idea if he had something important going on during this time.
Bell is fine, the Steelers are fine, and he’ll show up eventually. If he heard what his quarterback had to say about it, chances are he’s going to be there Day 2.
Don’t concern yourself with Bell’s absence at OTAs. He wouldn’t be practicing anyways, and he’s not going to show up to minicamp out of shape. He just didn’t choose to attend Day 1.
Nothing to worry about folks. Bell and the Steelers are perfect. Time to worry about something else.