PITTSBURGH — Le’Veon Bell hasn’t lost favor with his quarterback despite missing nearly a month of preseason work and counting.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said Wednesday that he has no bitterness toward Bell, who tweeted Tuesday night that he will return to the team Sept. 1. Bell has yet to sign his $12.1-million franchise tender and is training in South Florida while the team prepares for the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday night.
“We will be ready for [Bell] whenever he gets here,” Roethlisberger said. “We always want our guys here. But he didn’t have to be here. So, we want him here because he’s an amazing football player and he helps this team. So, when he gets here, hopefully it won’t take him long to get into football shape.”
Roethlisberger said he knows Bell always stays in good shape but preparing for the physicality of the game is something different. The Steelers will likely be off Sept. 1-3 after the final preseason game, then will begin preparations for the Cleveland Browns around Labor Day.
The Steelers could use one of their padded practices for that first regular-season week.