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Le'Veon Bell likely to miss 'a couple weeks'

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9/15/2020 7:13:20 AM
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The Jets’ offense actually can get worse. They might be without versatile back Le’Veon Bell for at least two games, Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports.

Bell suffered a hamstring injury late in the first half of Sunday’s season-opening 27-17 loss to the Bills. He tried to play through it, but Adam Gase pulled him early in the third quarter.

Gase said on a Monday conference call that it could be "a couple weeks," but he was reluctant to put a timetable on Bell.

"I just know what kind of shape he’s in and his work ethic and the way that he finds ways to play through injury and how he bounces back," Gase said. "I just wouldn’t be surprised if he came back quicker than anticipated.

"I don’t want to put any kind of restrictions on him, being a guy that’s been around the league for quite a few years. Some of these guys find ways to be able to play through pain and play through injuries like this. I don’t want to say a longer time and then he’s going to be like, ‘What are you putting me in a box for?’ " 

Hamstring injuries are always tricky. Rookie wide receiver Denzel Mims missed all of training camp with a hamstring issue and was inactive Sunday after aggravating his other hamstring. Linebacker Avery Williamson didn’t practice or play last week because of a hamstring injury, and Gase didn’t seem optimistic that he will play this week.

Unless Bell heals quickly, the Jets will head into Sunday’s home opener against the defending NFC champion 49ers with 37-year-old Frank Gore and Josh Adams as their running backs.

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