There are a lot of unknowns for the Cleveland Browns heading into the 2022-2023 season. This includes the status of third-round pick David Bell. The Browns placed the rookie wide receiver on the Physically Unable to Perform list ahead of training camp.
The details of Bell's foot injury are not public. However, according to multiple reports, it isn't too serious.
Browns reporter Jeff Schudel tweeted Friday afternoon that the injury “isn't expected to prevent him [David Bell] from being ready for the regular season.”
The #Browns placed rookie WR David Bell on the Physically Unable to Perform list with a foot injury to start camp. He cannot practice until he is activated. The injury is not serious and isn't expected to prevent him from being ready for the regular season.
— Jeff Schudel (@jsproinsider) July 22, 2022
Mary Cabot of Cleveland.com reports that “If all goes as hoped, Bell will be back on the practice field in a couple of weeks.” Rookies and quarterbacks are the first to report to training camp on Friday, while practice begins July 27. Cabot is confident that Bell “should catch back up quickly” when he is cleared to participate.
Despite not having the beginning of training camp, David Bell will have to catch up quickly. He's expected to be one of the Browns' top three wide receivers entering his first year in the league alongside Donovan Peoples-Jones and Amari Cooper.
Bell likely being available sooner rather than later is huge for the Browns, a team with a lot of question marks lingering with the 2022-2023 season just a short while away. It's still unclear whether or not Deshaun Watson will be suspended. And, if he is, for how long? Newly acquired Rosen will be Watson's backup. He would also serve as his temporary replacement if Watson is suspended to start the 2022-2023 season.