Jets head coach Adam Gase told reporters Monday that Bell, who injured his left hamstring during Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills, could be "looking at a couple of weeks" on the sideline. The team is prepared to start 37-year-old Frank Gore for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Gase didn't provide an exact timetable on Bell's absence, perhaps because of a previous dispute with the tailback during training camp over a hamstring injury. Bell called out Gase on social media after he was removed from a scrimmage, and it led to a meeting between the two.
"I just know what kind of shape he's in and his work ethic and the way that he finds ways to play through injury and how he bounces back," Gase said Monday. "I just wouldn't be surprised if he came back quicker than anticipated.
"I don't want to put any kind of restrictions on him. Being a guy that's been around the league for quite a few years, some of these guys find a way to play through pain and play through injuries like this. I don't want to say a longer [timetable] and he's going, 'What are you putting me in a box for?'"
Bell was hurt in the second quarter of the Jets' 27-17 loss to the Bills, but he remained in the game for a few plays in the third frame. After the contest, Gase said he was "mad" that he let Bell continue to play.
"We talked after the game," Gase said. "He knew how I felt."
Bell had six carries for 14 yards against the Bills. He added two receptions for 32 receiving yards.