Some Steelers appear to be turning on Le’Veon Bell, who looks like he’ll miss Browns game

The Steelers open the regular season on Sunday against the Browns. That’s four days from now and Le’Veon Bell, one of the NFL’s most dynamic running backs, remains at home. A year ago, Bell reported nine days before the start of the season to protest being franchised after the two sides couldn’t agree on a long-term deal.

The same happened this offseason with the expectation that Bell would again show up around Labor Day.

It didn’t happen and his agent Adisa Bakari suggested Wednesday that Bell wanted to avoid the Steelers running the wheels off him in what is almost certainly his final year in Pittsburgh.

“He’s going to do the things necessary to protect his value long-term,” Bakari told ESPN’s NFL Live. This is a departure from what Bell’s agent said in July, when he told Sirius XM NFL Radio that “barring something exceptional,” Bell would join the Steelers around Labor Day.

Now, days after Bell’s teammates figured he’d report by Wednesday at the latest, they’ve gone from defending him to wondering where he is.

“Honestly it’s a little selfish,” center Maurkice Pouncey told reporters

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