New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell was forced to leave practice after being drug tested for the second-straight day.
It was later revealed that he was summoned for an NFL drug test for the second consecutive day. Jets head coach Adam Gase provided the update shortly after practice when he met with the media.
“Since he wasn’t here in the spring, they’ve got to do everything now in training camp,” Gase said.
Bell participated in just the first segment of teams on Saturday. Once summoned by the league, his absence was speculated about for a good 45 minutes.
Once practice ended, Bell returned to sign autographs and interact with Jets fans.
Gase was asked if the situation was frustrating. His response was short and to the point.
“There’s nothing we can do about it,” he said.
Bell has twice been suspended by the NFL for violating its Substance Abuse Policy. This will naturally lead to rampant speculation and fear surrounding any routine test.
It’s especially curious to see a player have to go through the routine in two consecutive days. Sometimes, the first test doesn’t take, for a variety of reasons. Perhaps that’s the reason for the Saturday test. Perhaps not.
For now, Adam Gase and the New York Jets move forward with Le’Veon Bell as the workhorse back they envision him as this coming season. The team gets back at it on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. ET in Florham Park, NJ.