2020 FA Roundup: LB Mike Bell injury analysis

Will the position switch land him a roster spot with the Bills?

LB Mike Bell has had a go of it the past few years on his way up to getting signed by the Bills in April. The former safety out of Fresno state declared for the draft following his junior year and went undrafted after originally being projected as a Day 3 pick in 2019. Following the draft, he was brought into rookie mini-camp by the Bills but did not end up getting signed. 

Whether the Bills liked him enough from the rookie mini-camp or whether they saw the gains he produced during his year away from football, they saw something enough in him to bring him back as potential linebacker depth. He ended up gaining nearly 20 pounds of muscle to add to his 6’3” frame which helped him fill out for his switch to linebacker. 

Fresno State:

Along with his increase in size, he did not have to battle back from any previous injuries. In fact, during his time at Fresno State, he did not have any publicly reported injuries. The only time that he missed was the first two games of the 2017 season; a blowout win over Incarnate Word and a shellacking at the hands of Alabama. There are not any reports of spring injuries he was recovering from, preseason issues, or suspensions. Unfortunately, this is quite common to have incomplete or unknown information at the Division I levels. 

Bills Injury Impact:

Bell has an upward climb to make the roster. He is switching positions, hasn’t played a meaningful football game in nearly two years, and has to adjust to playing at a different weight. It does help that Bell is fresh from a medical standpoint as he does not have to battle back from any injuries compared to his counterparts on the Bills. 

As there are only 8 other linebackers on the roster, he has an outside shot to make the roster as a depth option, though he is likely more suited for a practice squad spot for now. But as we have seen every year, there are always guys that stand out that had no business making a roster, but beat the odds and make their dream come true. 

Author: Dr. Trimble

My name is Dr. Kyle Trimble and I am, first and foremost, a Buffalo Bills fan!! When I am not cheering on the Buffalo Bills, I am a Physical Therapist. To give a background on myself; I was born and raised in Erie, PA, moved to Buffalo in 2006 to begin my studies at D'Youville College towards becoming a Physical Therapist at which time I became a devoted Buffalo Bills fan.  I graduated in 2013 with my Doctorate in Physical Therapy and moved home for several years. Moving back to the Buffalo area in 2016, I have gained extensive experience in outpatient orthopedics, skilled nursing, acute care hospital, and home care. Having obtained a significant wealth of knowledge that continues to grow, along with a undying fandom of the Bills, puts me in the unique position to educate my fellow fans about our great team. 
I am currently an injury spotter working with Dr. David Chao, Orthopedic Surgeon @ProFootballDoc based out of San Diego. In this role, I provide real time updates regarding injuries during the game. I hope you enjoy what I publish and I welcome any comments or questions you may have.
Disclaimer: My opinions are my own.  Any thoughts I have on the injuries is based on media reports, my knowledge of the injury, and speculation based on the information currently available.


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