Jets news: Le'Veon Bell limited in practice Thursday
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Jets’ Le’Veon Bell limited in practice Thursday

New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell took part in team practice on Thursday, but it was in a limited fashion, per Josh Alper of ProFootballTalk. Bell missed Wednesday’s practice with an illness.

It has been a tough season for Bell, who has dealt with injuries to his ribs and knees. After missing all of last season due to his contract dispute with the Pittsburg Steelers, Bell only has 449 rushing yards and two touchdowns, as well as 276 receiving yards and a touchdown.

New York and its offense is struggling to generate production, averaging 231.3 yards per game, the worst in the league. Quarterback Sam Darnold is not having the breakout season many expected, and in fact he has fallen off from strides he made in his rookie season. Coupled with injuries and poor coaching, the Jets are far from the product they expected when they took the field to start the year.

Bell was rumored to be on the trade block before the deadline, when even the Steelers reportedly called the Jets about his availability. Bell signed a four-year, $52.5 million contract in the offseason with New York.

New York will have the chance to find some consistency or plan going into the 2020 season, with winnable matchups remaining this season against the Washington Redskins, Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Bell will likely see the field against the Redskins, who give up 136 rushing yards per game, 28th in the NFL.

While it is a long shot, the Jets have the opportunity to find some good in their disastrous 2019 season, especially with Darnold and Bell on the field together.