The Jets offense will be without running back Le’Veon Bell for at least three weeks.
The team placed Bell on injured reserve Tuesday after he suffered a left hamstring injury in Sunday’s 27-17 loss to the Bills. Bell came up grabbing his hamstring after being held on a pass route in the second quarter. He remained in the game but appeared to have no burst in the third quarter and was removed.
Under new rules this year, teams are allowed to bring back an unlimited number of players from IR. They are eligible to return after missing three games, meaning the 28-year-old Bell could come back for the Oct. 11 game against the Cardinals at the earliest.
Bell had six carries for 14 yards, with a long of 7, before exiting the game. He also caught two passes for 32 yards, including a 30-yarder that jump-started a two-minute drive from at the end of the first half.
It is a frustrating start to Bell’s second season with the Jets. He entered training camp in great shape, promising the best season of his career.
Bell had a hamstring issue during training camp that led to a Twitter brushfire when he said his hamstrings were fine after coach Adam Gase said Bell was removed from a scrimmage by the trainers because of tightness in his hamstrings. The two ironed things out shortly after Bell’s Twitter outburst, but you have to wonder if Gase had that in the back of his mind when he left Bell in the game on Sunday, a move Gase later said he regretted.
Bell rushed for a disappointing 789 yards and scored four touchdowns in 2019, his first season after signing a four-year, $52.5 million contract with the Jets.