Jets’ Adams doubt­ful, Bell ques­tion­able vs. Dol­phins

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS - By Den­nis Waszak Jr. AP Pro Foot­ball Writer

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) >> The New York Jets will likely be with­out Ja­mal Adams and Brian Poole in their sec­ondary against Mi­ami.

Their back­field could also be miss­ing Le’Veon Bell, who was sent home Fri­day with an ill­ness that side­lined him for two prac­tices.

Adams was of­fi­cially listed as doubt­ful for the Jets’ game against the Dol­phins on Sun­day with a sprained left an­kle. The star safety sat out prac­tice all week and ap­pears likely to miss a game for the first time in his three-year NFL ca­reer.

Adams, who leads the Jets in tack­les and sacks, was hurt early in New York’s loss at Cincin­nati last Sun­day but played through the pain. He wasn’t his usual play­mak­ing self, and coach Adam Gase no­ticed the en­er­getic safety was no­tice­ably sub­dued.

“We need guys to step up their game in that area, the side­line,” Gase said. “It was quiet. He was bat­tling through it last week and it was a dif­fer­ent feel. He’s kind of the en­ergy maker for us, so we need guys to step up in that area. I don’t think guys knew he was as hurt as he was, what he was go­ing through.

“So at least guys know if he’s not out there, they’ll know what they need to bring to the ta­ble.”

Mean­while, Poole was ruled out be­cause of a con­cus­sion suf­fered at Cincin­nati. Poole starts as the Jets’ nickel cor­ner­back, so de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Gregg Wil­liams will have to do more ma­neu­ver­ing in his sec­ondary.

Mar­cus Maye is ex­pected to slide into Adams’ strong safety spot, and Blake Count­ess, and Ben­nett Jack­son po­ten­tially mov­ing into Maye’s free safety spot. Matthias Far­ley is doubt­ful with rib and an­kle in­juries.

Wil­liams has preached since off­sea­son work­outs the value of his de­fen­sive play­ers learn­ing mul­ti­ple po­si­tions, and that has be­come a fac­tor dur­ing the sea­son with so many play­ers go­ing down with in­juries.

“I’ve had other sea­sons like that that I re­fer back to, but now liv­ing through this one, these young men, all of a sud­den they nod now be­cause it’s not just voice,” Wil­liams said. “They have ex­pe­ri­ence in it, too, and they un­der­stand when that page goes up on the Pow­er­Point and that page is in the play­book that they look at all the time on next man up. It is a de­tailed syn­op­sis of ev­ery­thing that they have to un­der­stand to honor that code and also par­tic­i­pate.

Bell prac­ticed fully Wed­nes­day, but then sat out the next two days of prac­tice — mak­ing him un­cer­tain to play Sun­day.

“He’s sick, prob­a­bly the same thing that’s go­ing around a lot of these other teams,” Gase said. “Big­gest thing was get­ting him checked out and then get him out of the build­ing so no­body else gets sick.”

If Bell can’t go against the Dol­phins, Bi­lal Pow­ell, Ty Mont­gomery and Josh Adams would see more snaps. Pow­ell is ninth on the Jets’ ca­reer rush­ing list with 3,571 yards and needs only 19 to pass Bill Mathis for eighth.

The 31-year-old Pow­ell is the longest-tenured mem­ber of the Jets af­ter be­ing a fourth-round draft pick in 2011. He in­jured his neck mid­way through last sea­son and his play­ing fu­ture ap­peared un­cer­tain. He was med­i­cally cleared and New York re-signed him in June.

“I just trusted the doc­tors on that,” said Pow­ell, has rushed for 125 yards on 32 car­ries and caught four passes for 14 yards in lim­ited ac­tion while play­ing be­hind Bell.

In other in­juries, rookie of­fen­sive line­man Chuma Edoga ap­pears likely to miss his sec­ond game in a row with a sprained knee that has him listed as doubt­ful.

Cor­ner­back Arthur Maulet, who started the last four games, is also doubt­ful with a strained right calf.

De­fen­sive end Henry An­der­son (shoul­der), left tackle Kelvin Beachum (an­kles), cor­ner­back Mau­rice Canady (ill­ness/quadri­ceps), tight end Ryan Grif­fin (ill­ness), nose tackle Steve McLen­don (knee/hip), wide re­ceiver De­mary­ius Thomas (ham­string) and line­backer Paul Wor­rilow (quadri­ceps) are all ques­tion­able.


New York Jets’ Ja­mal Adams (33) cel­e­brates with Brian Poole (34) af­ter Poole in­ter­cepted a pass and ran it back for a touch­down dur­ing the sec­ond half of an NFL foot­ball game against the Oak­land Raiders, Sun­day, Nov. 24, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J.

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