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Le’Veon Bell activated off injured reserve for Week 5

Jets starting RB eyes a return in Week 5 while their rookie WR is still on the shelf.

 New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell (26) walks off the field following the game against the Buffalo Bills at Bills Stadium. Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday update: The Jets announced on Saturday they have activated Le’Veon Bell off injured reserve for Week 5.

The New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell will practice today for the first time since being put on I.R. with a hamstring injury. He is now officially able to come off of I.R. and will practice, per ESPN’s Rich Cimini.

A previous report from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler says the Bell and the Jets are hoping that he’ll return for this week’s game against the Cardinals, so the news is all pointing upward for Bell at the moment. When he returns, he should take over the lead back role but will still lose some work to veteran Frank Gore.

The news isn’t quite as good for rookie Denzel Mims, who can’t seem to get over the hump of his own hamstring issue. He could come off the three-week I.R., but that doesn’t appear to be the plan. We’ll likely have to wait a week or two more to see the rookie.