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Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell implies that AFC North teams are dirty

Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell has been making some headlines during the 2016 offseason. For example, during this offseason, Bell implied that the Baltimore Ravens won't be a factor in the AFC North. Recently, Bell spoke in an interview and he is obviously still angry about the injury he suffered against the Cincinnati Bengals during that 2015 regular season that ended his year. Bell believes that the Bengals are filled with dirty players. To expand on that now Bell is implying that AFC North teams play dirty when goes against them as he discussed via ProFootballTalk.com.

"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 also had this to say via Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

"I feel like a lot of teams will feel like it's easier to take me out or (fellow stars Antonio Brown or Ben Roethlisberger), whatever, so we obviously have to be precautious," Bell said after he took part in all individual drills but none of the 11-on-11 sessions during the Steelers' first organized team activities session. "I didn't think people played football like that, but it's real."

And we are led to believe that the Steelers are an innocent child in all of this? Did Bell forget that he still has safety Mike Mitchell and outside linebacker James Harrison on his team? Did Bell forget the long history of cheap shots by former Steeler Hines Ward? Former Steelers safety Troy Polamalu had his share of questionable hits as well.

Oh, and let's not forget that his linebacker coach Joey Porter has a history of cheap shots notably against the Ravens in 2004 when Porter pushed Ravens tight end Todd Heap before the snap after Heap was already hurt from an ankle injury on the previous play. The Steelers are not a perfect angel. Not by any stretch of the imagination.