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Bell had 10 carries for 36 rushing yards and six catches on 11 targets for 61 receiving yards Sunday against the Panthers.

Bell continues to be looked at as Reggie Bush's backup, but he finished with four more carries, eight more targets and four more receptions on Sunday. He could have even more success in Week 3 when the Lions host a Packers team that allowed 146 rushing yards to the Jets in Week 2.

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Bell had 15 carries for 51 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 35-14 win over the Giants, adding one reception for five yards.

Reggie Bush gained just 15 yards on nine carries, but did haul in all six of his targets for 49 yards. Seven of Bell's 15 carries came in the fourth quarter, when the Lions were nursing a double-digit lead. While Bush remains the better bet to lead the team in touches most weeks, Bell still has the closer's role. Bell draws one of his toughest matchups of the season in Week 2, with the Lions heading to Carolina to face the Panthers' stout front seven. The matchup isn't quite as harsh for Bush, who is a bit more dependent on receptions.

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Bell has 11 carries for 42 yards through the Lions' three preseason games thus far.

Bell's involvement has been fairly limited during the preseason, as the Lions rest their power back for the heavy lifting they'll require during the regular season. While Reggie Bush remains Detroit's No. 1 running back, Bell is close behind and among the league's best second-stringers. With 53 receptions and eight rushing touchdowns last season, Bell is especially useful in PPR leagues. Nonetheless, working in the Lions' high-powered offense should allow both Bush and Bell to prosper again this term.

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Bell had seven carries for 24 yards in Friday's preseason win over the Jaguars.

Three Lions had at least seven carries in the game, though one was not Reggie Bush, who had just two but figures to see more going forward. It's a crowded backfield in Detroit, but Bell is going to get his fair share of carries.

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Bell gained 11 yards on one carry in Saturday's preseason opener against the Browns.

Bell, who dealt with a knee injury in the offseason, missed Friday's practice for personal reasons. He played a few snaps on the first-team offense's only drive Saturday, and then had one carry with the second-stringers waived off due to a penalty. Bell's role doesn't seem to have changed much from last season, as he still figures to get quite a few more touches than your average No. 2 running back. There's been some speculation that both Bush and Bell will see fewer carries this year, but such a scenario could mean an uptick in receptions.

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Bell missed Friday's practice for personal reasons, Mlive.com reports.

While it's unclear if Bell will suit up for Saturday's preseason opener against the Browns, coach Jim Caldwell confirmed that Bell (who dealt with a knee issue this offseason) is not currently battling an injury. For his part, Bell noted after practice Thursday that he was feeling strong and healthy at this stage of training camp.

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Joique Bell (knee) is cutting and accelerating "with ease" at Lions camp.

Bell rested his sore left knee by sitting out OTAs and minicamp, but it was never a real concern. He's been back to 100 percent since early July, and has not been limited at camp. Bell, who was just handed a three-year contract by the Lions, has a realistic shot at leading the team in carries this season. There's some value in his current fifth-round ADP.

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Joique Bell (knee) has been cleared to run at full speed, and says he's "feeling 100 percent."

Bell missed all of OTAs and minicamp, but received medical clearance two weeks after last month's three-day minicamp came to a close. He plans to report to training camp a few days early to test out his body. Bell has been working out at Jay Glazer's Unbreakable Performance Center the past few weeks. We like Bell better than his current late-fifth round ADP. He has RB2 upside.

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Joique Bell (knee) sat out this week's mandatory minicamp, but remains on pace for training camp.

The exact nature of Bell's injury remains unclear, but the team has projected confidence that he'll be ready to go next month. Although missing OTAs and the like is far from ideal, it's not a real concern for a player the Lions plan to heavily utilize this season. Bell will be in the RB2 mix as long as he's 100 percent for Week 1.

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Joique Bell (knee) is uncertain if he'll be ready for June's mandatory minicamp, but is "confident" he'll be good to go for training camp.

Bell has been sitting out of OTAs, and "isn't optimistic" he'll be ready for next week's sessions. Bell was coy when asked if he was recovering from surgery. Either way, his status for camp and the preseason doesn't appear to be a real concern.