Fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t happy with Le’Veon Bell’s absence at the team’s Organized Team Activities (OTAs) the past two weeks. Forget the fact the workouts are 100-percent voluntary, and Bell is recovering from groin surgery just a few months ago, they want all the superstars present and accounted for.
This sentiment is understood, but not necessarily realistic. If you are reading this and wondering why Bell hasn’t been in attendance, a report from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler stated Bell was, in fact, present last week at the team’s facility as the team completed their second week of OTAs.
Despite missing OTAs, Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell visited the team facility on Thursday. He could be part of minicamp but it's uncertain whether he would take the field as he recovers from offseason groin surgery. The Steelers have until July 15 to work out a contract extension or let him play on the franchise tag.
There is a very good chance Bell was in the facility getting treatment and checking in with the medical staff on his recovery from the aforementioned surgery.
While Bell will likely be sitting out, present or not, for the rest of OTAs, when minicamp rolls around, the fact those workouts are mandatory changes things dramatically.
Here are the remaining dates for offseason workouts:
Monday, June 5 – OTA #7
Tuesday, June 6 – OTA #8
Wednesday, June 7 – OTA #9
Thursday, June 8 – OTA #10
Following OTAs is minicamp, which is mandatory, and will be held in Pittsburgh June 13 and run through June 15.
While it would be great to see all of the “Killer B’s” on the field this early in the offseason, it isn’t necessary. Bell knows the team, the offense, and vice versa. If he were a rookie, it would be a different story. With that said, as long as he is 100-percent healthy for the regular season, fans of the black and gold shouldn’t stress about meaningless, and voluntary, offseason workouts.