Nick Saban clarified the situation Tuesday evening, however, explaining that Bell was given a "personal day" and is expected to return on Wednesday.
Bell confirmed as much with a tweet early Tuesday evening:
I'm back with the team!! Just needed time to myself for a day but I couldn't leave my boy @10AJMcCarron we ended this run together. #16— Kenny bell (@TheKennyBell7) September 4, 2013
An Alabama source told CBSSports.com's Jeremy Fowler that Bell notified the team of his intentions to quit. Per the source, Bell's decision to quit might have been tied to playing time.
The senior wide receiver played 12 games in 2012, starting three. He did not record a catch in the Crimson Tide's season opening win against Virginia Tech.
Bell was a four-star wide receiver out of Rayville, La., but has yet to break through as a permanent starter in the Tide's offense. He concluded his initial Twitter announcement by wishing the best to his teammates and seemed happy with his decision.
"I've been through so much I finally can say I'm happy," Bell wrote. "I know I'm going to lose so many friends and followers and get more negative talk from people but truth is I Dnt [sic] care."
..it's been a nice run but I'm hanging up my cleats— Kenny bell (@TheKennyBell7) September 3, 2013
..time too focus on my responsibilities MY kiDS— Kenny bell (@TheKennyBell7) September 3, 2013