It was only a few weeks ago when Le’Veon Bell took to Twitter to rail against Adam Gase removing him from practice.
“Ain’t nothing wrong with my hamstrings,” Bell tweeted.
Something wrong with them now.
And this time, Gase took himself to task for keeping Bell and his fragile hamstrings on the field.
“I’m mad at myself that I let him go back in there in the second half,” Gase said after the Jets’ 27-17 loss to the Bills in the season opener on Sunday.
Bell had caught a 30-yard pass in stride from Sam Darnold at the start of a drive late in the second quarter. It was on an incomplete pass from the Buffalo 23 on which Bills linebacker A.J. Klein was flagged for holding when Bell went sprawling and Gase sensed trouble.
“I thought it was gonna be a touchdown, then he got grabbed and then just kinda the way he just kinda planted and torqued, it looked really bad,” Gase said. “And I saw him grab his hamstring. He wouldn’t come out.
“And then when we came in at halftime, I let him go back in there. I was worried about it. I eventually was just like, ‘I can’t put you in there. We can’t take a chance of you getting more hurt than what you already are.’ ”
Bell caught a two-yard pass and rushed for five yards in the first series of the third quarter before Gase finally decided to pull him in favor of Frank Gore.
The severity of Bell’s hamstring injury is unknown.
Bell did not make his way to a Zoom calls with the media. He finished with six carries for 14 yards and two receptions for 32 yards.
Bell, 28, was brimming with confidence after reporting to camp at a chiseled 210 pounds. Said he was in the best shape of his life. Sunday he didn’t look like anyone’s bell cow.