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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.

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Joique Bell (knee) remains sidelined at Lions OTAs.

The Lions continue give no indications they believe Bell's knee injury is a concern, but he's been nursing the ailment since late last season. Mikel Leshoure has capitalized with increased first-team reps. We're going to keep monitoring Bell's status closely. If healthy, he should be in the RB2 hunt.

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Joique Bell confirmed his current left knee issue is related to an injury originally sustained during last season.

Bell didn't miss any games last year, but he was on the injury report with a knee injury in December. We'd be more concerned with the nagging nature if the Lions didn't just sign him to a three-year, $9.3 million contract. "I had it all last season, so you guys didn't even really notice," Bell said. "But it's something we just trying to get rid of before next season. So it's just being smart. ... I could practice right now if they really wanted me to." There's no reason to adjust any Bell projections.

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Joique Bell (knee) remained out of Lions OTAs this week.

Bell is recovering from an undisclosed ailment, but it isn't believed to be serious. Bell revealed the injury on his Instagram account two weeks ago. Bell should be expected to be ready for training camp, if not next month's minicamp.

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Joique Bell is currently rehabbing a left knee injury.

Bell posted a photo to his Instagram account that shows his left knee wrapped up with a pair of crutches by his side. The caption reads, "Be [back] in no time." Bell didn't participate in voluntary workouts, and coach Jim Caldwell refused comment. Bell battled a bit of a knee issue late last season. It's undoubtedly nothing serious. Bell should be 100 percent well before training camp.

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Lions OC Joe Lombardi confirmed Joique Bell and Reggie Bush will "kind of have a split role."

"I see these guys kind of having a split role and both being very productive," Lombardi said. We figured as much when the Lions re-signed Bell to a three-year, $9.3 million deal and brought in new coach Jim Caldwell, who likes to run a more traditional offense. The Detroit backfield is shaping up as a true 50:50 timeshare.

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Lions re-signed RB Joique Bell to a three-year, $9.3 million contract.

Bell was a restricted free agent that the Lions likely could have retained on a one-year, second-round tender of $2.187 million. Instead, they're locking him up through 2016 and giving him $4.3 million guaranteed -- more guaranteed money than Reggie Bush is on the books for. It's another sign of how high the Lions are on Bell as an emerging front-line running back in a new offense that will feature less shotgun and more traditional formations under new head coach Jim Caldwell. Bell, an underrated talent who is averaging 4.29 yards per rush and 9.82 yards per reception in his two-year career, is going to be a major part of this this timeshare.

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Lions extended a second-round tender to restricted free agent Joique Bell.

The second-round tender cost is $2.187 million. The sides are working on a long-term deal, but the Lions had to tender Bell in case they don't strike an accord ahead of Tuesday's 4PM ET beginning of the new league year. This way, they'd receive a second-round pick if another team tried poaching him.