October 8, 2020 | 10:56pm
Le’Veon Bell’s chance at redemption could begin anew on Sunday.
The Jets running back, who has been out since suffering a hamstring injury in the season opener, is in line to return from injured reserve Sunday against the Cardinals.
“He looks good in practice,” coach Adam Gase said Thursday. “Honestly, it’s all about the roster adjustments at this point.”
Making space for Bell to come off injured reserve would seem to be a minor issue given the potential boon of having a healthy playmaker in the backfield for the 0-4 Jets.
Of course, it will be on Gase to find ways to help make Bell a weapon again. It was a struggle in 2019, in their first year together, but Gase had talked before this season about doing a better job of getting Bell the ball in space and letting him create explosive plays from there. The Jets didn’t get to see much of that in Week 1 against the Bills. Bell had six carries for 14 yards and two catches for 32 yards before he exited early in the third quarter.
But Gase said Bell might now be in a better spot physically than he was entering the year, and he trusts the running back to tell him if he is not 100 percent.
“I think he can be pretty effective,” Gase said. “He did a good job of one, getting healthy, and then staying in good shape. … I think he feels even better now than he did when we hit that first game.”
Gase said it was too early to tell how the running back rotation might look with Bell, Frank Gore and La’Mical Perine all healthy.
Linebacker Jordan Jenkins has had a rough few weeks. He has started all four games, but injured his shoulder in Week 3 against the Colts before coming out of Week 4’s loss to the Broncos with a calf issue.
“It sucks because I can’t really help from the sidelines, and you don’t want to go out there and try to push it and then you end up costing the team because you can’t go 100 percent,” Jenkins said. “It’s been a hard couple days, but I gotta find a way to get healthy.”
QB Sam Darnold (shoulder), LT Mekhi Becton (shoulder), WR Breshad Perriman (ankle) and RB Frank Gore (not injury related) did not practice Thursday. Jenkins, CB Bless Austin (calf), S Ashtyn Davis (groin) and WR Chris Hogan (ribs, knee) were limited, as was defensive lineman John Franklin-Myers, who showed up on Thursday’s injury report with a foot issue.