Le’Veon Bell, according to ESPN, is coming back after the Steelers hit the bye week.
His offensive linemen were very outspoken about Bell’s decision to miss games.
But when he comes back, will all be forgotten?
Ramon Foster:
“I don’t know, we’ll see how it comes and goes when he gets here. He’ll be our teammate. I don’t know. We’ll see what his thing is, I think, ask him more questions I guess.”

Maurkice Pouncey:
“Le’Veon is not a new player here. We’ve played with Le’Veon for several years. He’s good friends with a lot of people on the team, we’ve had a lot of great memories with him. When he comes back he’ll be accepted.”

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Ben Roethlisberger knows that Le’Veon Bell’s return would be a big boost. It could only be a matter of weeks before Bell comes back. Today on his weekly radio segment, Roethlisberger talked about the report that said Bell would be back for the bye week.
Ben doesn’t appear to know much, but it sounds like he and his teammates are ready to welcome Bell back, “I’ve heard a lot of reports and lots of stories over the last few months. I’ll be excited if and when he shows up. If he can come back and help us and be ready to go, then we’ll welcome him back. I think there were a lot of things that were said earlier in the year, but that’s kind of in the past now and we’ve moved on, and he’s moving on ready to be back with us.”

James Conner had a tough time early, but when it counted, Conner came through big time. Conner finished with 61 yards rushing to go along with 34 receiving yards.
Without Le’Veon Bell, the offense has averaged just under 30 points a game, but coach Mike Tomlin was still asked about Bell today. He responded with a 12-word answer, “I’m not talking Le’Veon…..I’m just not, there’s nothing new to add.”

Antonio Brown took center stage today, defending his actions over the course of the last week. Brown expressed some regret over his “trade me” tweet, but not much else.
As far as missing work on Monday, he said he had a personal reason and he wouldn’t say whether he agreed with the discipline handed down.  The sideline exchange with Offensive Coordinator Randy Fichtner? Brown says it’s about passion for winning, and then he took exception with the media for a lot of things, including not being available after Sunday’s loss, “I’m not on the sideline begging for the ball or making statements you guys make, I’m pissed off we losing, we suck. You guys make assumptions about my emotions, you guys don’t know me at all. you just write what you think will get hits.  Between me and you, everyone in this locker room knows what I stand for, yeah you guys write stories about everything. I’m pissed off we lost the game, you guys want to talk to me, lets talk i’m right here, I’m not hiding from no one. I’m from Liberty City. Obviously it was a stupid remark online, I gotta stay away from the online distractions and letting people get me out of my character.”

It’s been a struggle for the steelers, and their their problems continue to mount. Le’Veon Bell remains a no-show, and there’s the ongoing issue with Antonio Brown. Yesterday it was a tweet challenging the Steelers to trade him. Today came the news that Brown was missing from the Steelers facility on Monday. Mike Tomlin plans to talk with his star receiver, “I’m gonna visit with Antonio and I intend to do that today I just haven’t done it yet…you know I may or may not provide details…relative to some of the things that you guys are asking, want to stay focused on what’s real and what’s important…our preparation and ultimately our play this week…not only ours collectively, but his included.”

Ben Roethlisberger missed practice again today, so Josh Dobbs is getting more reps with the first team, and he’s getting ready in case his number is called. Dobbs says the spotlight isn’t too big, “I know that if my opportunity comes and my number’s called to be ready to go in and play and play to win and compete at the highest level, and if I’m on the sideline helping Ben see as much as I can see and helping him in whatever I can. It’s a two- way street, you have to be ready either way for both situations.”

Ben Roethlisberger was one of a handful of Steelers missing from practice today for various injuries. Roethlisberger confirmed that his throwing elbow was injured on the next-to-the-last offensive play of the game for the Steelers, but he’s not concerned about missing Sunday’s game against the chiefs, “it just got hit. It’s a bruise. It’ll be fine.” Ben says he can’t talk about whether or not he had an MRI, but said he’s not anticipating missing any significant time, “don’t plan on it maybe today but that’s typical vet Wednesday for me.”

A surprise at today’s Mike Tomlin weekly news conference. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is on this week’s injury list with an elbow issue. Roethlisberger turned the ball over 5 times in Sunday’s game. Coach Tomlin said the elbow injury was not a factor in those turnovers, and this is how the coach described Ben’s elbow issue, “just the bumps and bruises associated with play, that’s the postgame if you will, we’ll see how he is tomorrow morning, and let that be our guide it’s full disclosure from my part because I know that you guys will ask…guys I outlined it, it may limit his participation in the early stages of the week and we’ll let that be our guide as we move forward.”

A trade for the Steelers on this the day before their final preseason practice. The Steelers acquired slot receiver and punt returner Ryan Switzer from the Raiders along with a 2019 sixth-round pick in exchange for a 5th- round pick next year. Switzer will be at practice tomorrow and is expected to play in Thursday night’s final preseason game. Mike Tomlin talked about the trade after today’s practice: “He was down there at UNC with Trubisky, caught a lot of balls on offense, was a dangerous return man over the course of his career, so we’ll put him in this mix with these guys, and hopefully get him ready to go here on Thursday night.”

Good weekend for the Steelers. Lots of good came out of Saturday’s third preseason game. A win over the titans that came with a shutout in the first half, six total sacks in the game, as well as two interceptions. A strong showing by the defense ina 16-6 steelers win. Joe Haden is happy with the performance, “I think today was a good stand for us, to be able to have as many defensive players out there and play pretty well. I think it’s just the standard though. This is something that we want to continue to do.” 

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