Ben Roethlisberger talks about possibility of not having Le’Veon Bell
The Pittsburgh Steelers are just days away from kicking off their 2018 season, and it has become quite clear that they have no idea whether Le’Veon Bell will be with them or not. While their offense is obviously better with the star running back on the field, Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t sound overly concerned.
Roethlisberger was asked by reporters on Wednesday about the possibility of having to face the Cleveland Browns on Sunday without Bell. He expressed confidence that other guys will step up if that ends up happening.
Ben Roethlisberger says the Steelers offense will be fine with or without Le’Veon Bell. “One guy doesn’t make or break you.” pic.twitter.com/4RebY7GYIC
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) September 5, 2018
“I think we’re a very good offense. Football’s the ultimate team sport. One person doesn’t make or break you,” Roethlisberger said. “I’d like to say that the linemen are more important than any skill position, including myself, on this team. This offense is more than one guy.”
The general consensus seems to be that Bell will show up prior to Sunday rather than forfeiting a game check, but he was limited to just 47 total yards on 13 touches in Week 1 last season after a similar holdout. There’s a good chance Bell won’t play a big role against Cleveland regardless of when he shows up.
While players almost always say they understand the business side of things, there have been indications that Bell’s teammates are growing frustrated with him. It must be tiring answering questions about him every day when they’re trying to prepare for a game.