Jets’ Le’Veon Bell ruled out vs. Dolphins due to illness
The New York Jets will be looking to avoid being swept by the Miami Dolphins in 2019 without one of their key contributors on offense being active. According to Ian Rapoport, Le’Veon Bell has been ruled out versus the Dolphins due to an illness.
The #Jets have downgraded RB Le’Veon Bell from questionable to out. He’s been dealing with an illness.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 7, 2019
Earlier in the week, Bell began to show signs of having an illness and missed practices because of it. Despite him missing practices, the Jets were optimistic that he would have a chance to suit up on Sunday.
As a result, they listed him as questionable on the team’s injury report on Friday. Just a day later, New York has downgraded his status to out due to his inability to make progress throughout the week.
It is unknown what the exact illness is that is ailing Bell. But it is serious enough to sideline him for Week 14. Of course, when it comes to sicknesses and the Jets, many are going to mention Sam Darnold’s mononucleosis from the beginning of the season.
In the offseason, Bell signed with the Jets after spending his first five seasons in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Last year, the dual-threat running back sat out the entire season due to a contract dispute.
As for his first season in New York, it’s safe to say things haven’t gone according to plan. Thus far, Bell has contributed 992 yards from scrimmage on 238 total touches and four touchdowns.
The 4.2 yards per touch is the lowest mark for Bell since his rookie season in 2013. Despite his ineffectiveness thus far, Bell will be missed by the Jets on Sunday against the Dolphins.
With Bell ruled out, Ty Montgomery and Bilal Powell will likely share the backfield duties in Week 14.