NY Jets: Le’Veon Bell could miss ‘a couple of weeks’ with hamstring injury

NY Jets, Le'Veon Bell (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NY Jets, Le'Veon Bell (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /

NY Jets’ running back Le’Veon Bell could miss a couple of weeks with a hamstring injury.

NY Jets‘ running back Le’Veon Bell vowed that the 2020 season would be the best year of his career. Unfortunately, his revenge tour might have to be put on hold following his latest injury.

Bell sustained a hamstring injury towards the end of the first half of Sunday’s season-opener loss to the Buffalo Bills. Head coach Adam Gase opted to trot Bell back out in the second half, albeit with a heavily-wrapped thigh.

Now, you have to wonder if he regrets that decision.

Bell was quickly removed after he re-aggravated his hamstring injury in the third quarter and he didn’t return for the rest of the game. In his place, the Jets used the duo of Frank Gore and the recently-promoted Josh Adams who scored the first touchdown of his Jets career.

On Monday, Gase gave an update about injuries to both Bell and linebacker Blake Cashman — and neither revealed very promising diagnoses.

Gase said that both Bell and Cashman could miss “a couple of weeks” as they recover from their injuries. The former Dolphins’ coach did insist that he wouldn’t be surprised if Bell returned sooner given his conditioning, but that remains to be seen.

After all, Gase also said that Breshad Perirman would return after only a couple of days while dealing with a knee injury in training camp. He ended up sitting out the rest of the summer and returned in Week 1, clearly not at full strength.

This is a serious blow to both the NY Jets and Le’Veon Bell.

For both the Jets and Bell, this is obviously a major blow. Following a disastrous 2019 season, Bell promised that he would return in 2020 as the best version of himself.

He saw himself having the best year of his career and promised to be in the best shape of his life. While the latter may be true, the results in Week 1 were likely not what he was looking for.

Bell rushed for just 14 yards on six attempts averaging a measly 2.3 yards per carry. He did manage to haul in two catches for 32 yards including a beautiful 30-yard grab, but his day was underwhelming.

The issues from last season still persisted against a stout Bills’ front-seven. The running lanes just weren’t there for the most part and the Jets’ time of possession limited the number of offensive plays they ran.

Bell will look to get back on track when he returns, but it’s likely he’ll miss some time. That means bigger roles for both Gore and Adams and hopefully the return of rookie La’Mical Perine in the near future.

Adams will likely receive a full-time promotion to the active roster while the Jets might have to explore additional options if Perine isn’t ready to go in Week 2.

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Unfortunately, Bell’s redemption story will have to take a back seat to his health for now.