It sounds like fans hoping to see Le'Veon Bell's Jets debut will have to wait at least another week.
Sources have told SNY Insider Ralph Vacchiano that Bell is not expected to play on Thursday against the Giants.
There was a report earlier in the day from the New York Post that Bell will not play in the opener.
Adam Gase will have an interesting decision to make about Bell on Thursday, but he's dealt with similar preseason personnel decisions in the past.
"It's tough," Gase said on Tuesday. "That's why this is not as easy as, like last year, it was easy - Frank Gore is a great example. I was like, 'Frank, you are not playing in the preseason.' He was in my office every day the third preseason game and he was like, 'I'm playing.' It's hard to argue with Frank Gore (laughter). He's not listening to what I'm saying. He's just like, 'I'm playing. I will be dressed whether or not you put me in a game.' We ended up playing him one series and then he stood next to me for the next two series and says, 'I'm going back in. I'm going back in.'
"It's maddening with a guy like that that wants to play that bad and it is a fine line with Le'Veon, he hasn't played in a year. At the same time, when's the right time? Is it this game? Is it the next one? Is it the next one? Do we just not play him this preseason? Do we go through the whole time and just give him reps? All those questions are what we keep talking about."
Bell has had his workload limited during camp after sitting out last season due to a contract dispute. Despite this "pitch count" though, Bell seems to fully be on board with playing whenever Gase and the rest of the Jets coaching staff decide is the right time.
"The one conversation we had about it, (Bell) goes, 'Whatever you tell me you want to do, that's what we'll do,'" Gase said. "So, he's been outstanding in that area.
"I think whatever decision we make heading into this stuff, we'll all be good with and then we'll do what we need to do and then we'll move on to the next step."