Buccaneers rookie wide receiver Kenny Bell was sidelined Friday after tweaking his hamstring during Thursday’s practice.

While Lovie Smith didn’t give a timetable for when Bell would return, the head coach confirmed he wouldn’t be ready for Saturday’s game against Cleveland.

Bucs WR-KR Kenny Bell- Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Bucs WR-KR Kenny Bell- Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

“Kenny has a hamstring (injury),” Smith said after practice Friday. “As far as how long, I have no idea. He’s not playing this week. I know that for a fact. The rest of it, we’ll just see how it plays out.”

Bell seemed to be making strides at training camp and had the special teams play of the night last Monday, but the former Cornhusker hasn’t contributed much on offense – zero catches on four targets – during his first two preseason games.

As a fifth-round pick this past April, Bell would seem to have an automatic edge in making the final cut, but missing Week 3 and possibly Week 4 won’t help his evaluation process.

“We’ve seen him, but we would’ve liked to see more of him, especially right now over the next couple weeks,” Smith said. “Have we seen enough? No, it’s not like he’s done enough right now to where we definitely know what direction to go. None of the young players have. But injuries are a part of it. Right now we’ll just evaluate him based on what we know right now.”

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Horse
Horse
6 years ago

I wonder how many of the Rookies that have slight injuries we carry into the 53 man roster? I would say the last two WR’s positions are wide open due to injuries. Anybody have an opinon about this subject?

scubog
scubog
6 years ago

Horse: In my opinion the only wide receivers assured of a place on the final roster are Jackson and Evans. Murphy is probably OK because of the inexperience of his competition. After that, as someone once said, “The best ability is availability” and “You can’t make the club in the tub.” We fans always think these “exhibition” games tell the only tale, but in reality, the coaches and scouts have been evaluating these guys all off-season. Kenny Bell looked pretty good in the practices I attended but so too did the other youngsters Dye, Humphries, Hall and Herron. The only… Read more »