Joique Bell RB DET 1 month ago

Bell, who has spent the offseason resting his knee and Achilles, is expected to return to the field in time for the start of training camp, reports.

Moreover, Bell doesn't seem concerned about the ailments that he is recovering from, setting some fantasy-friendly goals in the process. "I'm going to rush for over 1,200 yards," Bell noted. "That's the minimum. If I do less than that, I'll be surprised. I'll be disappointed." While we'll take his self-projections with a bit of a grain of salt for now, it is encouraging that Bell is on track to be ready for training camp, at which time he'll resume work atop a Detroit backfield that now also includes second-rounder Ameer Abdullah, a speedy back who should work in a complementary role, at a minimum, as well as returnee Theo Riddick, who is in line to contribute as a pass-catching back.

Joique Bell RB DET 2 months ago

Bell (knee/Achilles) still isn't participating in OTAs, the Lions' official website reports.

Bell had minor surgeries on his knee and Achilles in January, but there hasn't been any indication that he's in danger of missing training camp. If he's still unavailable for mandatory minicamp (June 16-18), it might be time to start taking his absence more seriously. For now, Bell is still on track to lead the Detroit backfield, with Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah expected to mostly contribute in the passing game.

Joique Bell RB DET 2 months ago

Bell (knee/Achilles) didn't participate in Wednesday's OTAs, Tim Twentyman of reports.

Bell underwent minor surgery to clean up his knee and Achilles tendon in January, so his absence from Wednesday's OTA session could well be maintenance-related. With Reggie Bush no longer in the mix, Bell currently slots in as the Lions' No. 1 running back, with Ameer Abdullah, the 54th overall pick in the NFL draft, a candidate to push him for the starting job at some point down the road, the Detroit Free Press reports. Meanwhile, Theo Riddick is also on hand and appears poised to contribute as a pass-catcher out of the Detroit backfield.

Joique Bell RB DET 6 months ago

Bell recently underwent what the Detroit Free Press describes as minor surgeries to clean up his knee and Achilles tendon.

On the plus side, Bell, who led the Lions with 860 rushing yards (on 223 carries) in 15 games this past season, while scoring eight total TDs, is expected to return in time for the Lions' organized offseason workouts. Health permitting, he's on track to remain to team's lead back as the 2015 campaign approaches.

Joique Bell RB DET 6 months ago

Bell underwent surgery Thursday, the Detroit Free Press reports.

The nature of Bell's surgery is unknown at this time, but he tweeted out a photo of himself in a hospital gown, confirming he underwent a procedure. It is likely something minor, and shouldn't cost him time in 2015. If it turns out to be serious, Bell should receive an update in the future.

Joique Bell RB DET 7 months ago

Bell (Achilles) had 13 carries for 60 yards in Sunday's 30-20 loss at Green Bay. He was not targeted a single time in the passing game.

Bell had a couple of tough runs, but wasn't able to really bust out, and the Lions had to abandon the run in the fourth quarter. He almost scored a 2-pt conversion late in the game, but the play was overturned by replay. Meanwhile, Reggie Bush was not effective, rushing for just 19 yards on five carries. The Lions will travel to Dallas in the first round of the playoffs, and it appears that Bell will continue to see most of the work in the team's backfield, just as an FYI for those that are playing in postseason leagues.

Joique Bell RB DET 7 months ago

Bell (Achilles) is active for Sunday's game against the Packers.

Bell was rarely used in the first half last week against the Bears, but recovered after halftime to post a good final line (87 total yards and a touchdown). Reggie Bush will be around to share the carries, but Bell is expected to get the bigger chunk of the workload.

Joique Bell RB DET 7 months ago

Bell (Achilles) is probable for Sunday's game against Green Bay.

Bell practiced all week, including fully Thursday and Friday, so his health isn't in question for Sunday. The Lions always play worse and the Packers always play better, but Bell's reliable workload still makes an RB2-type of fantasy consideration this week.

Joique Bell RB DET 7 months ago

Bell (Achilles) practiced in full Thursday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Bell has experienced the necessary upgrade in order to achieve active status for game day. However, coach Jim Caldwell was especially coy about Bell's potential to play Sunday at Green Bay, when he told, "We'll see." Any Achilles injury is cause for long-term concern, which is likely dominating Caldwell's thought process with the postseason imminent. Nevertheless, it would be a shock if the Lions ruled out Bell for Week 17, considering his unhinged showing in drills Thursday.

Joique Bell RB DET 7 months ago

Bell (Achilles) participated in Thursday's practice, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Bell's activity level was unclear, but more pressing is his potential availability Sunday in Green Bay. On Thursday, coach Jim Caldwell wouldn't confirm or deny that Bell is in danger of sitting out in Week 17, only telling, "We'll see." Prior to developing the injured Achilles, Bell reached the end zone four times in as many games, which he supplemented with 310 yards on 69 carries and 120 yards on 13 catches. If he's deemed inactive in the season finale, Reggie Bush would assume top billing out of the Lions' backfield, with Theo Riddick and George Winn acting in complementary roles.