Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger isn't holding a grudge against star running back holdout Le'Veon Bell. At least that's what he's saying publicly.
Per TribLive, "Roethlisberger still has not heard from Le'Veon Bell, but he won't hold a grudge when the franchise-tagged running back rejoins the Steelers on Sept. 1."
Roethlisberger told the TribLive on July 28 that two text messages he sent to Bell went unreturned, and he told reporters Wednesday that he still has not had contact with Bell, who is working out on his own in Miami.
"There's no hard feelings on my side," Roethlisberger said. "I'd love to hear back from him – a text to say, 'Hey, how are you doing?' – but it is what it is."
"We will be ready for (Bell) whenever he gets here," Roethlisberger told ESPN. "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."
"He's a physical back -- it's a violent sport. The running back position takes a beating," Roethlisberger said. "So we just have to hope the other guys are ready to go if he needs spelled...If he just comes back, I don't know if he'll be ready to play every single play like he does typically during the season. So we're going to have to have other guys ready to give him breaks."
Bell missed the team's 12 organized team activity sessions, three days of minicamp and, so far, nearly four weeks of training camp. He had surgery on his groin in March, but appears to be healthy based on the daily Snapchat videos that Bell posts from his Miami workouts.
The star rusher has not worked out with teammates since the franchise tag was applied in February, said on Twitter that he will arrive the day after the Steelers' preseason finale in Carolina.
Bell posted "9-1-17" on Twitter on Tuesday in response to a fan's post asking when he was going to join the team again.
Still, backup running backs, and must be ready just in case.