Joique Bell RB DET 2 Months

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 2 Months

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 3 Months

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 3 Months

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 3 Months

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 3 Months

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 MLive.com, "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 3 Months

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 MLive.com, "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.

Joique Bell RB DET 3 Months

Bell (Achilles) was limited in Wednesday's practice, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

Bell previously dealt with an Achilles issue in Week 12 of the 2013 season, and while he didn't miss the game, he mustered just 15 yards on six rushes. Although a healthy Reggie Bush could limit Bell yet again this year, the extent of the injury is unclear, keeping the door open for their normal split workload. Bell's activity level in drills could reveal his potential for the season finale, though, so owners should continue to monitor the situation as the weekend approaches.

Joique Bell RB DET 3 Months

Bell had 13 carries for 74 rushing yards and a touchdown, as well as two catches on three targets for 13 receiving yards during Sunday's win over the Bears.

Bell did not play in the first quarter due to a violation of team rules, but he still led the team in rushing attempts and yards, though Reggie Bush scored on a 13-yard run in the first quarter before Bell entered. Nevertheless, Bell remains the clear upside back in the Lions' backfield, and he'll face off against the Packers in Week 17, with the winner taking home the NFC North title.

Joique Bell RB DET 3 Months

Bell had 15 carries for 62 yards and caught 4-of-6 targets for 41 yards in Sunday's 16-14 win over the Vikings.

The Lions had trouble scoring, getting shut out for most of the first half, but Bell still managed to go over 100 yards from scrimmage. Unfortunately for his owners, Bell's two-game touchdown streak came to an end. It's highly possible that he'll get back to the end zone next week against a mediocre Bears' rush defense.