NY Jets: Le’Veon Bell activated off IR, will play on Sunday

NY Jets, Le'Veon Bell (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
NY Jets, Le'Veon Bell (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images) /

The NY Jets have activated Le’Veon Bell off injured reserve meaning he will play on Sunday.

The NY Jets have been without running back Le’Veon Bell for the last three weeks as he’s been out dealing with a hamstring injury. But that seems set to change this week as Bell is expected to make his triumphant return.

The Jets announced on Saturday that they had officially activated Bell off the injured reserve ahead of their Week 5 matchup with the Arizona Cardinals.

Bell has been out of action since injuring his hamstring in Week 1. The Jets placed him on IR shortly after the game rendering him sidelined for at least three weeks. And that’s all the time he needed to return to full health.

The Jets have been primarily using veteran running back Frank Gore in his place to very little success. The likes of the recently-released Kalen Ballage and rookie fourth-round pick La’Mical Perine have figured into the gameplan a little as well, but that’s all set to change this week.

The assumption is that Bell will re-assume his role as the lead back in the Jets’ backfield. But with Adam Gase calling the shots, all bets are off.

Nonetheless, a returning Bell will ideally provide a huge boost to a Jets offense that’s set to be without both Sam Darnold and Mekhi Becton this Sunday.

The NY Jets made a few other roster moves not related to Le’Veon Bell.

The Jets also made a host of others moves on Saturday as they prepared their roster for Week 5. And that included a pair of releases and a few practice squad promotions.

Gang Green officially signed offensive lineman Jimmy Murray from the practice squad to the active roster. This is not a temporary promotion either, it’s an official signing.

The two players the Jets promoted this week are quarterback Mike White and cornerback Lamar Jackson. White will serve as the backup quarterback behind Joe Flacco with fourth-round rookie James Morgan once again relegated to the third-string role.

Meanwhile, Jackson uses his second and final temporary promotion and it will be interesting to see how much playing time he gets this week after he played 84 percent of defensive snaps a week ago.

Finally, the Jets released both linebacker Alec Ogletree and wide receiver Josh Malone. Ogletree was pretty awful in his playing time and inexplicably received more snaps than Avery Williamson.

Meanwhile, Malone didn’t do anything to impress in his limited opportunities and might be re-signed to the practice squad.

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But of course, the big news here is the return of Le’Veon Bell. Here’s to hoping that he can actually make an impact playing in this woeful Jets offense.