Steelers GM: Le’Veon Bell only hurting himself with holdout

“And I think the preseason games are a big part of it.”. You just have to take ownership of that.

Both Dobbs and Hunter are receiving plenty of reps, thanks to injuries to the players thought to be above them on the depth chart. It is unlikely any of them will play against the Giants.

Dobbs will start at quarterback against the Giants, with Roethlisberger a healthy scratch for the game and Landry Jones sidelined with an injury. Maybe. Not because of what he said, but where he is. “At 35, you may put a replacement in place sooner than later”. All of a sudden Landry (Jones is) a free agent a year ago and that kind of snuck up on us as well, so you want to put another young quarterback in the mix. It also has Landry Jones under contract after the team signed him to a two-year contract during the offseason. One such mind belongs to DeAngelo Williams, Bell’s teammate for the last two seasons, who tweeted a retort to Colbert, asking him to “Please explain to me how [it hurts Bell] because when he gets back he will be the freshest body out there with his skillset #wrong”. Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry waited until 13 days before the start of the 2016 regular season to sign his franchise tender, and Bell could do the same.

The Steelers have always been one of the most-stable franchises in the National Football League and thus “major changes” really isn’t part of their history or vernacular. It hurts him because he’s not working with his teammates, he’s not getting the conditioning work that he’s going to need to have a great 2017 season.

Dobbs continued to get work with the first-team offense Wednesday when Roethlisberger sat out the final half of practice.

At some point Bell will arrive, but the status of Bryant is less certain. Injuries are also mounting in the secondary, foiling, at least briefly, the team’s plans to fully install a more man-coverage-centric approach to stopping the pass. Receiver Martavis Bryant remains in a holding pattern, while waiting for April’s conditional reinstatement to become a full clearance to practice with his team.

“Really, a holdout does not benefit him in any way”, Colbert said.

Learning has never been an issue for Dobbs.