New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell avoids the injury bug. Here are the full details and how the team dodged a silver bullet.
The New York Jets season has been a pit of misery so far and for a moment it seemed like it was going to get worse.
On Tuesday morning it was reported that the Jets were promoting former Notre Dame running back Josh Adams to the active roster.
While the move itself isn’t groundbreaking, what it means could’ve been.
Why would the team be promoting a running back in the middle of the season unless a running back was injured?
We heard on Monday from Jets head coach Adam Gase that Le’Veon Bell was banged up late in the game vs the Miami Dolphins and would be getting an MRI that put a dark cloud on his future.
So with Adams being promoted, it seemed like an ominous sign on Bell’s future.
Although NFL Insider Adam Schefter ended that speculation on Tuesday saying Bell’s knee injury “isn’t serious”. The promotion of Adams to the active roster was actually to block another NFL team from stealing him off their practice squad.
*collective sigh of relief*
While your team is still 1-7 through the first half of the 2019 season, at least you’ll likely have your All-Pro running back on Sunday vs the New York Giants.
So far this season Bell has 125 carries for 415 yards and one rushing touchdown. On top of his rushing ability, Le’Veon has 40 receptions for 242 yards and one touchdown through the air.
He’s in the midst of the worst season of his professional career. Le’Veon is averaging a career-low 3.3 yards per rush and a career-low 6.1 yards per reception.
Also worth noting, especially with the trade rumors at the deadline, Bell has three years remaining on his contract that was originally signed for $52 million and $27 million guaranteed.