The Jets offense could get even worse. It will likely be without one of its top playmakers, Le’Veon Bell, on Sunday against the 49ers.
Bell suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday’s ugly loss to the Bills and coach Adam Gase said it could be a couple of weeks until Bell is ready to return.
Gase declined to put an exact timetable on Bell’s absence, giving himself wiggle room in case the three-time Pro Bowl running back heals fast, but it seems unlikely he will be able to be ready to go this week.
Talking about Bell and linebacker Blake Cashman (groin), Gase said: “Both of them being soft tissue injuries, we could be looking at a couple of weeks. I don’t want to put a timetable on them. Obviously Cashman is somebody in his injury past who has done a good job of coming back earlier than anticipated. Same thing with Le’Veon. Time will tell as far as how long these guys will be out.”
Making matters worse, it doesn’t seem like rookie running back La’Mical Perine (ankle) will be ready to return either, leaving the Jets with only Frank Gore and Josh Adams as healthy running backs at the moment.
Before getting hurt late in the second quarter, Bell was having a quiet day, rushing for 14 yards on six carries and catching two passes for 32 yards. He sustained the injury when he fell during an incomplete pass in which he drew a holding penalty on Bills linebacker A.J. Klein. He started the second half with his hamstring wrapped, but didn’t stay on the field long.
“I’m mad at myself that I let him go back in there in the second half,” Gase said after the game.
That decision could cost Bell and the Jets severely.