Word broke out early Thursday morning that New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold would miss Monday night’s head-to-head battle with draft classmate Baker Mayfield and his Cleveland Browns.
However, the bad news kept rolling in for the New York Jets on Thursday, this time dealing with star free agent signee Le’Veon Bell.
It is unclear at the moment wether Bell will be able to suit up come Monday night’s game. Bell will not practice on Thursday, and will likely be limited throughout the closure of the week, if he practices at all.
Jets head coach Adam Gase is apparently optomistic on Bell’s availability this coming week, however will not clarify.
There is a huge possibility that the Jets will be without their starting quarterback and running back for the team’s national televised game this coming week.
This goes without saying, but the Jets are worse team without Lev Bell in their lineup.
Bell opted to sit out the entirity of the 2018 season with the Pittsburgh Steelers over a contract disupute. The running back would get what he wanted this offseason, signing a massive contract to make New York his home for the forseeable future.
Bell performed admirably in his first ever game as a Jet, compiling 92 scrimmage yards and one receiving touchdown.
With Darnold alread on the mend this week, Bell would have likely been asked to shoulder even more of a load than his 23-touches in week one.
Bell’s ability to affect the game both as a runner and pass-catcher is nearly unparralled in the NFL. If Bell were to miss any time with the injury, the Jets would likely rely on a plethora of backs, headlined by former Packers gadget-back Ty Montgomery.