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Steelers WR Antonio Brown says Le’Veon Bell is part of team’s ‘family’

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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell still hasn’t reported to the team just two days before the season opener, but Antonio Brown still considers him part of the family and is excited for when he does show up.

Earlier this week, Ramon Foster and Maurkice Pouncey ripped Bell for not reporting, calling the move selfish.

Brown didn’t come out and say it, but based on his quotes, he wasn’t happy with his teammates for ripping Bell. Brown said that at the end of the day, he just wants what’s best for the star running back.

“No one wins when the family feuds,” Brown told reporters via ESPN. “At the end of the day, we’re family. We want the best for him. That’s what it’s all about. It’s not about pointing fingers and fighting among each other. We are a core group that should respect and love each other regardless of the situation.”

Bell and the Steelers have failed to come to an agreement on an extension the last two summers, leading to him getting the franchise tag designation for second straight year.

Bell has made it clear he isn’t happy with playing under the tag, and at this point, he is trying to make sure he is healthy going into free agency next offseason.

Bell has until 4 p.m. ET on Saturday to report and sign for the franchise tag or he will forfeit $853,000 for his Week 1 game check. He will also forfeit another $853,000 for each week he misses moving forward.

He has to report by the Tuesday after Week 10 if he wants to become an unrestricted free agent in 2019. If he fails to report before then, the Steelers will have control over him and can reapply for the franchise tag at the same amount.