OK, the Le’Veon Bell story just got turned upside-downSporting News — (Kirstie Chiappelli)
The Le'Veon Bell saga has taken an odd turn.
The Steelers running back broke his silence Wednesday on Twitter, posting a pair of upside-down tweets as he aired his grievances amid his contract holdout.
"Just about everybody has an opinion on my life & worried about what I’m doing. Don’t judge me off my decisions because maybe this isn’t what you’d do but most people don’t take the time to just simply read between the lines & that’s clearly on them," Bell wrote. "I’m not apologizing for what I believe is right for myself, family, and rest of my peers, period. Also, if you’re really finding the time to figure out what I’m saying, you’ve proved my point."
Bell, who will have to sign his franchise tag by Nov. 13 in order to accrue an NFL season, hinted that he could soon rejoin the Steelers when he bid farewell to Miami in cryptic tweet on Monday. He was later spotted working out at L.A. Fitness in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
But Bell might not receive the warmest welcome if he chooses to reunite with his team this month.
NFL Media reported the Steelers are aware Bell is in town but he has yet to reach out to the team. Meanwhile, his teammates continue to express their frustration with the situation, with one unidentified player saying, "This Le'Veon thing is just a cloud over us at this point. Just make a decision, sign or not, be in or out, and let's all move forward."
Until the issue is resolved, the Steelers will continue to lean on second-year rusher James Conner, who is enjoying a breakout year in Bell's absence. Entering Week 10 action, Conner ranks second in the league behind Rams running back Todd Gurley in yards from scrimmage (1,085) and rushing yards (706). He is also tied for fourth in total touchdowns (10).
The Steelers (5-2-1) will look to extend their winning streak to five games when they host the Panthers (6-2) at 8:20 p.m. ET Thursday.