It's been an eventful week for New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell.
He missed the Jets' 22-21 victory over the Miami Dolphins last week. Then, news came out that Bell, who was sick with the flu, was seen in New Jersey bowling the Saturday night before the team's game, at 1 a.m.
But as Bell explained to reporters this week, despite missing the game, he did have his own version of Michael Jordan's "Flu Game", bowling a career-high 251 Saturday night despite being under the weather.
New York struggled versus NFL Most Valuable Player front-runner Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens, who threw for five touchdowns and totaled 298 yards of offense (212 passing, 86 rushing).
Bell signed a four-year, $52.5 million contract with $27 million guaranteed. He had just 589 rushing yards through 12 games while averaging a career-low 3.2 yards per carry coming into Thursday night's matchup.
Despite what has been a tough night overall for the Jets, fans should feel some level of optimism with Bell's performance, especially playing less than a week after being ruled out with the flu. For all parties involved, it should be nice to get back on the field, instead of answering questions about bowling.