Le’Veon Bell thinks Bengals, other teams try to hurt him

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Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell was on the field doing individual drills with his Steelers teammates on Tuesday, something that hasn’t been the case since he tore his MCL in a November 1 game against the Bengals.

Bell’s injury became a talking point in the war of words between the teams after the Steelers took issue with Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict’s reaction to the hit that injured Bell. On Tuesday, Bell revisited that game and said he felt that members of the Bengals other than Burfict were trying to hurt him during the game.

“I don’t think it was just [Burfict]; it was like the whole team was really out there trying to like twist my ankles and do little dirty stuff in between the piles,” Bell said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Bell added that the Bengals aren’t the only team that tries to “take me out of the game.”

“Umm, a couple, but obviously a lot of teams in our division really play that same way, so obviously I know that — I just was kind of ignorant to that at first because I didn’t think people played like that,” Bell said.

Bell said those experiences taught him to take “nothing for granted” once he returns to a full workload. He expects that to happen at training camp, which would keep him right on track for a return to the lineup in Week One.

41 responses to “Le’Veon Bell thinks Bengals, other teams try to hurt him

  1. Im trying to look at this as a fan and not just a Steelers fan… i think that any team wants to stop any teams best players… and Balt vs. Pitt was always the fight to the whistle games of the year but hit after hit there werent season ending injuries in those games… Pitt vs Cin has become a terribly aggressive game with injuries all over the field… kinda have to hold your breath every snap.. Burfict SINGLE HANDILY took out Ben, Bell AND Brown… he was a wrecking ball…

  2. Interchangeable headline:

    “Player A thinks Team B, other teams try to hurt him”

    Seriously, this is what happens in every pile in every game.

  3. If we’re being honest, every team in the AFCN plays that way, even the Browns and they usually stink. It’s the most brutal and competitive division in football, in spite of the Browns who usually stink.

    The AFCN is probably the most fined division in football. So yeah, he’s probably right, and I wouldn’t want it any other way. The AFCN also probably has more playoff games than any other division – even when including the Browns, who generally stink.

    Go Steelers!

  4. Hey Leveon – If you don’t want to get tackled, just fall to the ground in a pile when they hand you the ball. Burfict didn’t hit you dirty, he rag-dolled you.

    Vontaze Burfict is the Steelers worst nightmare.

  5. The play where Bell got hurt was totally benign. It was a straightforward tackle where his leg got caught in a funny position.

    I’m certainly not saying that Burfict is totally clean. Even we Bengal’s fans want him to ease the heck up sometimes. But the Mitchell hit on Eifert (concussion) and the Shazier hit on Gio (concussion) were clearly out of line. Both sides need to clean it up.

    BTW, I don’t think the Burfict hit on AB was intentional (in the playoff game, when Brown got a concussion). It was unfortunate (I really, really hate seeing concussions) but Brown clearly dropped his head into contact.

  6. i find it extremely hypocritical for a team with james harrison on the roster to be accusing other players of intentionally trying to injure anyone

    remind me again, how many playoff games has bell won again? lol hit the weight room

  7. Come on, is this really necessary? PFT and the NFL have already let Pittsburgh win (spin) the narrative. Burfict’s hit on Bell was clean and his sack on Ben was clean. The Brown hit was rightfully flagged. Burfict got suspended, but thanks to the narrative spin Shazier or Mitchell or Cody “Launch Myself at Your Head” Wallace can do anything they want. Pittsburgh’s victim complex is so overused. Congratulations Steelers, no team in the league whines more after winning a game.

  8. Sam887

    Burfict hit not intentional?

    3 game suspension says you are wrong. Video of Burfict hit on Maxx Williams says you are wrong. Burfict twisting the ankles of both Cam Newton and Greg Olsen says you are wrong.

  9. Very rare to see a RB over 6′ stay healthy for an extended period of time. Perhaps Bell should think about switching position instead of complaining.

  10. Calling out Adrian Peterson and then the Bengals before the season even starts with absolutely nothing to gain from it. This guy is going to be the next one-hit wonder RB.

  11. I am neither a Bengals or Steelers fan but Bell is right. He is also not alone when it comes to being a key performer being targeted for injury by some teams beyond the normal hit ’em hard slow ’em down intimidation that is a part of every defense’s philosophy. His own team features James Harrison routinely looking to send someone to the infirmary. Sherman, Suggs, Ward, Miller, Goldson, Suh, Clemons, Hughes, Swearinger, Merriweather and M. Griffin are just some of the non Bengals that come readily to mind as players who wouldn’t pass up a chance to put an opponent on IR. There are plenty more and odds are good that there are more teams with guys who would be ‘fit’ company on that impromptu list than there teams that don’t have any. None of that changes the fact that the Bengals have a higher percentage of them than most teams. Again this was just a quick list of players that came readily to mind. I didn’t hesitate to put Merriweather on it. As a Giants fan I am glad he is gone but I don’t kid myself about him being far from the dirtiest they have had or will have again. There is nothing new about having some players out there that cross the line. It is what it is.

  12. “Umm, a couple, but obviously a lot of teams in our division really play that same way…”

    Could it be that teams in your division are retaliating because they’re tired of dirty play from the Steelers? Cody Wallace had as many unnecessary roughness penalties (3) as Burfict last year. Mitchell is a head hunter. James Harrison has been dirty for years. Heck, Tomlin, Porter and Munchak are all dirty as well. You don’t see any other coaches ripping players hair out, tripping guys, running on the field to yell at opposing players, etc.

  13. Wow, the hate is already ramping up! Funny. I guess fans of other teams are afraid he’ll show them up.

  14. “running on the field to yell at opposing players, etc.”

    I thought I counted nine coaches of that team that wears the orange and black out on the field during that playoff game………

  15. williamshatnerstoupee says:

    I thought I counted nine coaches of that team that wears the orange and black out on the field during that playoff game………
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    Please. How many Bengals coaches did you see standing in a gaggle of Steelers players trying to start a fight with them? Porter wasn’t seeing how anyone was doing, he went directly to the biggest group of Bengals he saw and tried to rile them up. Mission accomplished, and Porter should’ve been punished.

  16. williamshatnerstoupee says:
    May 24, 2016 3:06 PM

    “running on the field to yell at opposing players, etc.”

    I thought I counted nine coaches of that team that wears the orange and black out on the field during that playoff game………

    ————–

    How many of them were 3/4 of the way to the Steelers sideline, running their mouths?

  17. mrpkg

    I’m just saying that particular hit by Burfict looked clean. I am not absolving him of guilt on every play. He’s made some dirty plays. The Carolina thing was totally bush-league. He needs to clean it up. I think the 3-game suspension will be a wake up call…but I guess we’ll see!

    He’s really fun to watch though. He’s one of the best I’ve seen since Ray Lewis. He moves at a different speed than everyone else. He does not get enough credit for how quickly he diagnoses (and blows up) plays.

  18. I don’t know about Bell but Burfict was most definitely trying to injure Ben and AB. He succeeded hurting both last year. His team still hasn’t won in the postseason in over 25 years.

  19. “he went directly to the biggest group of Bengals he saw and tried to rile them up”

    So very misinformed, and not even close to being true. Just sour grapes from fans of a team that can’t win the Big One.

  20. He’s right! Teams fear him so trash players like turdfict try to hurt him. When healthy Bells winning a superbowl whether you like it or not.

  21. jag1959

    “None of that changes the fact that the Bengals have a higher percentage of them than most teams.”

    Proof??? Besides Burfict and who else can you say plays beyond the whistle?

    “As a Giants fan I am glad he is gone but I don’t kid myself about him being far from the dirtiest they have had or will have again.”

    As a Giants fan you watch next to no Bengals football games and have no idea what your talking about. Also as a Giants fan, I’m sure it’s been quite a while since you’ve been exposed to any type of defensive football. Don’t be a sheep and generalize with broad strokes about things you know nothing about. Go back to the NFC Least where execution is sparse and illegal contact is king.

  22. firerogergoodell says:

    Calling out Adrian Peterson and then the Bengals before the season even starts with absolutely nothing to gain from it. This guy is going to be the next one-hit wonder RB.
    ====================================

    Maybe I missed it, but what did bell say to call out AP?

  23. It’s quite amusing to read the ramblings of a bunch of trolls typing “tough guy” comments from their mom’s basement, while back in reality, not a single one of them could make it off the field without a cart and stretcher if they took 1% of the hits Bell takes on a week in-week out basis. Quite amusing indeed.

  24. bobby2478 says:
    May 24, 2016 4:30 PM

    firerogergoodell says:

    Calling out Adrian Peterson and then the Bengals before the season even starts with absolutely nothing to gain from it. This guy is going to be the next one-hit wonder RB.
    ====================================

    Maybe I missed it, but what did bell say to call out AP?

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    He mocked him on Twitter and made a joke after he beat Le’Veon to win another rushing title. Something along the lines of: he’s not the greatest anymore, I am. Pretty much the same BS that Chris Johnson, Arian Foster and LeSean McCoy said before changing teams and becoming irrelevant.

  25. If I went 25 years without winning a playoff game, I would play frustrated too. A quarter of a century is soooo long ago. Good lord that is a long time ago. Wow ….25 Years. Bengals fan’s, man. Gosh …I mean the Browns haven’t even went that long. Golly.

  26. williamshatnerstoupee says:
    May 24, 2016 3:48 PM
    “he went directly to the biggest group of Bengals he saw and tried to rile them up”

    So very misinformed, and not even close to being true. Just sour grapes from fans of a team that can’t win the Big One.

    —-

    You do realize the league admitted that they wrongly gave Pittsburgh it’s only TD in that game, don’t you?

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