The Pittsburgh Steelers are looking for answers in a big way right now. The team is currently at 0-3 and on the verge having its first losing season in a decade. In theory, help is on the way. It comes in the form of running back Le’Veon Bell. The rookie has been sidelined thus far in 2013 with a lisfranc injury, but he’s hoping to make his pro debut Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. At this moment, it’s still unclear if he’ll play.
Despite the boost that his debut could give to the Steelers, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t sound very excited:
“Honestly, I have no idea with him. 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,” said Roethlisberger in a recent radio interview.
There are a couple ways to read these comments. Either, Big Ben truly doesn’t know what to expect out of the rookie based on what he’s seen or he’s trying to motivate him. It seems more like a motivational tactic to me, rather than Big Ben taking a shot at the rookie. I think he’s just saying that he’s seen some promise in the RB, but he wants him to prove it on game day.
Regardless of what he meant by the comments, he can’t deny that the Steelers need someone to give them a spark. I’m not sold that Bell is 100 percent yet, so as a result, I don’t think he’ll provide one for the team. Roethlisberger is more than likely going to have to carry this team and based on what we’ve seen so far in 2013, it won’t be very far.