Fresh off of perhaps the lowest point of a difficult 2019 season, the New York Jets received some encouraging news.
Bell received 25 touches (17 carries, eight receptions) in Sunday's loss to the previously winless Miami Dolphins, the most since he handled the ball 29 times in a Week 2 loss to the Browns, and completed the game but sought medical attention afterward. News of a potential injury to Bell was naturally alarming for a team that has already dealt with plenty of similar problems at key positions, but it appears as though the running back has escaped anything significant.
Bell is in the midst of a season full of career lows (3.3 yards per carry, on pace for two total rushing touchdowns) as part of a Jets offense that ranks 30th in rushing yards per game and last in the NFL in total yards per game. If the Jets hope to bounce back with a win over their crosstown rival Giants in Week 10, they'd sure be glad to take the field with Bell available.
Other injury news we're tracking on Wednesday:
Thielen's hamstring injury, which forced him out of Week 8's win over Washington, suffered no further damage in the Week 9 loss to Kansas City, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Tuesday. With Minnesota's bye week coming in Week 12 after games against Dallas (6-3) and Denver (3-5) , though, it's reasonable to consider that Thielen might not try to rush back to the field.
»New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (ankle) and tight end Jared Cook (ankle) were back at practice Wednesday.
»Cincinnati Bengals coach Zac Taylor said he thinks wide receiver A.J. Green will make his season debut on Sunday. Green has been nursing a ankle injury.
»New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur says tight end Evan Engram has a mid-foot sprain and is in a boot. Engram later told reporters that while he will not be able to play this Sunday, he does not have a Lisfranc injury, per SNY. Engram called the injury a "low-grade" sprain and said it "could be a lot worse."
»Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram (not injury related), tackle Ronnie Stanley (knee), safety Earl Thomas (not injury related) and guard Marshal Yanda (illness) all did not practice Wednesday. Wide receiver Chris Moore (thumb) was limited.
»Los Angeles Chargers running back Justin Jackson (calf), receiver Geremy Davis (hamstring) and safety Roderic Teamer (groin) are all listed as doubtful for Thursday night's game. Linebacker Denzel Perryman (knee), tackle Sam Tevi (knee) and nose tackle Brandon Mebane (knee) are all listed as questionable.
In some good news for the Rams, pass rusher Clay Matthews (jaw) was back at practice, though he was limited, just as running back Malcolm Brown (ankle) was.
» The Washington Redskins activated running back Derrius Guice off injured reserve on Wednesday. Guice previously underwent knee surgery.