As the late-summer heat rages on, the New York Jets were without star running back Le’Veon Bell for portions of training camp practice due to cramping.
Across the entire NFL, teams are getting back into the swing of things, preparing mind and body alike for the unique grind of a full season. The New York Jets are no exception, and their bodies are already revolting against the late-July weather in the form of dehydration.
One such victim of cramping during training camp practices this week? Star running back Le’Veon Bell.
Bell isn’t the only one struggling with cramping during these early practices, and new head coach Adam Gase is doing everything he can to keep his players hydrated and ready to perform (via team reporter Ethan Greenberg):
We’ve had some guys cramp up and then they’re out a little bit and then they go back in there. We’re just emphasizing the hydration. Just doing a good job of eating every meal and making sure that we’re putting the right stuff in our body. It’s just sometimes you’re in the hotel, different environment, guys kind of slip on the drinking of water and Gatorade. So, we’re cleaning up some things like that.
Thankfully, this is a situation that should be remedied in short order, rather than a significant injury that would cost Bell or any other player to miss any meaningful time on the field.
For now, losing practice reps is the biggest downside to key players like Bell missing action for a spell. Jets fans shouldn’t be worried moving forward, but Bell and his teammates need to keep doing everything they can to prepare their bodies for the rigors of a full NFL season.