Jets coach Adam Gase normally would be happy if Le’Veon Bell found a lane, but he was not thrilled about the running back’s bowling outing Saturday night.
Gase said Bell did not violate any team rules with his late-night bowling trip after he had been ruled out of Sunday’s game with the Dolphins, but said he will talk to Bell about it.
“I’d rather him not be (bowling),” Gase said. “I’d rather him be at home just getting better. That will be a conversation we’ll have.”
The Post reported on Monday night that Bell spent Saturday night at Boonton Lanes in New Jersey bowling until around 1 a.m. when the facility closed. This came after Bell missed practice Thursday, Friday and Saturday because he had the flu. The Jets ruled him out of the game against the Dolphins on Saturday afternoon.
While Bell technically did not do anything wrong, Gase acknowledged it was a bad look.
“Yeah, I would say so,” Gase said when asked if it was a bad optic.
Gase said the Jets believed Bell was still contagious and did not want him around the team. Fellow running back Bilal Powell now has the flu, Gase said.
“He wanted to play, but they said he was still contagious,” Gase said. “They didn’t want around all the other guys. They thought it would spread through the team. We didn’t want to have a situation like some of these other teams are having where they’ve got 20 guys out during the week.”
Gase said Bell probably felt he could play.
“I know he didn’t feel great but I know he was probably thinking, ‘I could still go,’ ” Gase said.
While Gase seemed annoyed with Bell, he also was not interested in focusing on the story with a short week to prepare for the Ravens.
“I’m worried about Baltimore,” Gase said. “We’ve got Lamar Jackson and all these other guys to worry about right now. We’ve got to get ready for this game.”
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