Aug 29, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; A Pittsburgh Steelers helmet lays on the sidelines during the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Roethlisberger not counting on Le’Veon Bell to jump start Steelers offense


The Pittsburgh Steelers are traveling to London in Week 4 to take on the Minnesota Vikings at Wembley Stadium, as they search for their first win of the season. The Steelers offense has been awful to start the regular season, but they are hoping to receive a boost when running back Le’Veon Bell returns to the field.

However, one person that is not counting on the rookie to give the team a boost is starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who opened up about the second-round pick leading up to this week’s game.

“Honestly, I have no idea with him,” Roethlisberger said, via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “You can’t get a read on him. One day, he’s practicing, one day, he’s not; one day, he’s going hard, the next day, he’s not. I wish I could.

“If he was a guy like Heath Miller that you knew was busting his butt every day to get back there … Le’Veon is a rookie, I don’t know him quite well enough yet. But if he can come back and help us, we’ll take him.”

It sounds like Roethlisberger could be calling out Bell for his work ethic, but we don’t know if that is exactly what he was going for when he made those comments.

What he was likely doing is just being candid and stating that the team can’t rely on an unproven player that has not been able to stay healthy. If the offense really wants to get off the ground, like they were able to do in Week 3, it will all start with Roethlisberger making better decisions and the offense avoiding the turnover bug.

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  • Carl Eagan

    Ben should call out the rookie whose only accomplishment to date is having dinner with Tomlin. With the lack of discipline on the team and street corner mentality in the locker room fostered by Tomlin Bell probably thinks he doesn’t have to work hard.