In the last several days, things have become more intensified with the Pittsburgh Steelers concerning star running back Le'Veon Bell, which has led to several of his teammates voicing their displeasure with the holdout extending into Week 1 of the regular season.
The Steelers have the option of doing so.
The Steelers coach has never been one to elaborate (on much of anything), but he's also in the middle of an unprecedented turn, as teammates began taking shots at Bell yesterday for not showing up.
Bell, who has averaged more yards from scrimmage per game than any running back in history over his first five seasons, is, at 26 years old, trying to maximize the amount of guaranteed money he will get in what would surely be his only big-dollar multi-year deal.
Back in 2015, the Steelers offense seemed to function just fin, even though Bell missed 10 games during the season.
"No pressure on me", Conner said, via ESPN. "James is a year better than he was last year at this time". Because their contracts aren't guaranteed, they are routinely cut when teams realize that they can get similar production from a younger, cheaper player.
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"I've been very thoughtful with my words, I've been very thoughtful about my approach with the staff, about planning with the players, with you guys", Tomlin said.
Bell's agent, Adisa Bakari, has been opaque about his client's plans, telling Sirius-XM radio, "I think you can read between the lines".
Basically, with Bell out, Conner is going to be a pretty easy guy for National Football League fans around the country to root for.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger understands the constant questions about Bell but added "one person doesn't make or break you". "I didn't want to waste time and energy".
When the Steelers take the field on Sunday in Cleveland, all eyes are going to be on Conner, with most people wondering whether or not he'll be an adequate replacement for Bell. "I've got an opportunity for Sunday and I can't wait for it". "As long as we win, I'm cool". TE Vance McDonald (foot) was limited in practice on Wednesday. Bill Belichick alone goes through players like a wheat thresher and he is generally lauded for his willingness to be nakedly disloyal.