During training camp, Le’Veon Bell and Adam Gase had a mild misunderstanding about the running back’s hamstring. In Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills, that hammy took center stage again, this time with potentially more serious results.
Bell was hurt late in the second quarter as he fell awkwardly while drawing a holding penalty on an incomplete pass. Instead of holding the star back out — as he had during training camp — Gase allowed Bell to return in the second half with his hamstring wrapped. The comeback lasted five plays before Bell was sidelined for the rest of the tilt.
“I’m mad at myself that I let him go back in there in the second half,” Gase said after the 27-17 loss, via ESPN.
The severity of the injury is not yet known.
“That play looked bad,” Gase of the play in which Bell was injured. “I’m watching, and I thought it was going to be a touchdown, then he got grabbed. And kind of the way he planted and torqued, it looked really bad.
“I saw him grab his hamstring and he wouldn’t come out. We come in at halftime. I let him go back in there. I was worried about it, and we were eventually like, ‘I can’t put you in there. We can’t take a chance on getting more hurt than you already are.'”
Bell finished the game with six rushes for 14 yards and two catches for 32. Ageless wonder Frank Gore took over after Bell’s injury, taking just six carries for 24 yards. If Bell is sidelined for next week’s game against San Francisco, Gore would get the bulk of the carries against the team with which he started his career 16 seasons ago.
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