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Le’Veon Bell’s reaction on Instagram to teammate’s criticism: ‘Whoa’

The situation involving Le’Veon Bell and Pittsburgh Steelers continues to get bleaker and bleaker with only days until a Week 1 showdown with the Cleveland Browns on Sunday and the running back still AWOL. And Bell gave all the appearances of being taken aback by what some of his teammates have had to say about him in a brief social media dispatch.

Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, one of the team’s leaders, blasted Bell on Wednesday. Pouncey referred to Bell’s holdout as “selfish” and added he’s “kinda pissed” about Bell’s continued absence. Veteran guard Ramon Foster took a similar stance, saying Bell is “a guy who doesn’t give a damn,” among other things.

While Bell has not said anything publicly about the situation and when his return could be expected — even his agent has been tight-lipped about the plans and ultimate endgame — the running back surfaced on Instagram and reacted to the pointed criticism from his teammates.

Bell’s comment? “Whoa.”

There obviously is no way to predict how this stalemate plays out, and the untenable standoff appears no closer to a resolution than it was months ago.

Bell was a no-show at Steelers headquarters on Wednesday, missing out on what was deemed a mandatory meeting. It is believed that Bell would have to report by Saturday afternoon in order to play Sunday, per a tweet from Ian Rapoport.

That said, it would appear Bell, even if he opts to sacrifice $855,000 by not playing Sunday against the Browns — and then potentially surrendering additional game checks going forward — will suit up with the Steelers at some point this season, according to Rapoport.

One question — among many — is whether or not his frustrated teammates will welcome Bell back into the locker room with open arms.