Head coach Adam Gase confirmed Sunday that the running back will miss the entire preseason, according to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.
Bell missed all of last season with the Pittsburgh Steelers because of a contract dispute and has already sat out the first two preseason games as a member of the Jets.
While it has been a long time since Bell has faced live action, Gase is happy with what he has seen from the running back in practice.
"He got a ton of reps this week. We'll kind of see how next week goes," the coach said Friday, per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. "He's played a lot of football. And I like where he's at right now. I love how he's working."
Bell has also sat out entire preseasons in the past, including in 2017 before he was named first-team All-Pro.
With $27 million guaranteed to Bell on the $52 million contract signed in the offseason, it makes sense to be cautious and save the superstar for game action.
Gase could also want to be cautious after losing linebacker Avery Williamson to a torn ACL in the Week 2 preseason game. The coach said he regrets keeping him in the game so long, per Mehta.
Even with Week 3 of the preseason considered more important than others to prepare for the regular season, it seems the coach will focus more on keeping his squad healthy.