New York had been hesitant to let on whether Bell would play against Big Blue. Jets coach Adam Gase said Tuesday, "It's a fine line with Le'Veon. He hasn't played in a year. At the same time, when's the right time? Is it this game? Is it the next one? Is it the next one [after that]? Do we just not play him this preseason? Do we go through the whole time and just give him [practice] reps? All those questions, those are what we keep talking about."
Bell has not played in an NFL game -- preseason, regular season or postseason -- in 571 days, since the Pittsburgh Steelers' postseason loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Jan. 14, 2018. New York signed him to a four-year deal in free agency after Bell sat out the entire 2018 season, his last in Pittsburgh.
His first appearance could come next week when Gang Green travels to Atlanta on Aug. 15.