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Joique Bell | Running Back

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (29) / 8/4/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 229
College: Wayne State (MI)
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Joique Bell (ankle, Achilles') says he doesn't know when he'll resume practicing.
Bell is currently running on the side of Lions practice wearing an oxygen mask designed to improve his breathing. "Working on my lungs," Bell said. "Coach Caldwell has a better idea of when I might get back as far as the evaluation of my injuries." Caldwell recently used the phrase, "Sometimes, you don't know" when asked to place a timetable on Joique's return to practice. Aug 4 - 10:48 AM

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Joique Bell (ankle, Achilles') was seen running on the side of Lions practice Monday.

It's the first activity reporters have witnessed Bell do in quite some time. Recovering from multiple lower-leg surgeries, Bell remains without a timetable to resume practicing. He does plan to return before the end of preseason.
Aug 3 - 4:11 PM

Lions coach Jim Caldwell used the phrase, "Sometimes, you don't know" when asked about Joique Bell's (Achilles'/knee) timetable for return.

"Like I said, I'm not sure how long it's going to take," Caldwell said. "I do know one thing, that he's coming along quickly, and we'll see what the doctor says. I can't put an exact timetable on it right now. That's the tough thing about even talking about medical. Sometimes you don't know." Bell remains out indefinitely after undergoing offseason Achilles' and knee surgeries.
Aug 1 - 7:55 PM

Coach Jim Caldwell offered no timetable for Joique Bell's (knee, Achilles') return at Lions camp Friday.

Caldwell did say Bell is "coming along quickly," though that's hard to fathom after Joique missed the entire spring and wasn't available for the start of training camp. "We’re just majorly concerned right now with obviously getting him healthy," Caldwell insisted. "And he’s well on his way to that." Bell turns 29 next month and has undergone three lower-leg surgeries over the past two offseasons. Ameer Abdullah is now running with the ones.
Jul 31 - 2:37 PM

Despite Joique Bell's (Achilles'/knee) continued absence from the practice field, the Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett expects Bell to open the season as the "Lions' primary starting running back."

Even amid a host of red flags, Lions beat writers maintain Joique is likely to open the season as Detroit's lead runner. Birkett does acknowledge Bell "and (Ameer) Abdullah will share the workload, though." Bell, who has undergone two knee scopes and one Achilles' surgery over the past two offseasons, missed all of OTAs and minicamp and opened training camp on the active/PUP list.
Jul 29 - 8:11 PM

Lions placed RB Joique Bell on the active/PUP list.

The Lions plan to move Bell along slowly after offseason knee/Achilles surgeries. Detroit is reportedly more concerned with his health this year than in 2014. Bell will miss the start of camp, allowing rookie Ameer Abdullah to open with the starters. Bell is a player to avoid in fantasy drafts this year, especially with his ADP still hovering in the fifth- to sixth-round range.
Jul 29 - 5:48 PM

ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein says there seems to be more concern with Joique Bell's health this year than in 2014.

In 2014, Bell missed most of the offseason due to a knee issue but still played in 15 games and logged 257 touches. This year's Achilles' and knee ailments appear more serious. Joique is expected to be eased in slowly as camp opens next week and his progress will be worth watching closely. He's currently being overdrafted at a fifth-round ADP while dynamic rookie Ameer Abdullah is going a round later.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 21 - 12:06 PM

According to the Lions' website, the team envisions Joique Bell and rookie Ameer Abdullah as a "one-two punch."

The Lions hope SPARQ superstar Abdullah can "bring the big play back to the rushing attack," while Bell grinds between the tackles. Unless Joique's Achilles' and knee-surgery recoveries progress slower than expected, Abdullah fantasy drafters can't expect the second-round pick to open the year as Detroit's lead runner. Bell should also be locked in as the Lions' goal-line back.
Jul 9 - 3:11 PM

Joique Bell said he's "going to rush for over 1,200 yards."

Bell isn't worried at all about his Achilles' and knee ailments, or the arrival of exciting rookie Ameer Abdullah. "My first year here I rushed for a few hundred (yards)," he said. "Second year, close to (700). Then last year, almost 900. So this next year, I'm just going to jump the gun and say 1,200. That's the minimum." We'd bet the under on Bell's projection as he comes off his second straight sub-4.0 YPC season. Abdullah is a major threat.
Source: MLive.com
Jun 30 - 9:21 AM

The Lions aren't sure if Joique Bell (Achilles', knee) will be in shape by training camp.

"Really, I think your biggest concern is just, is he going to be able to get in the shape that you wanted to at the beginning of camp," OC Joe Lombardi said. "But we’ll be careful with him and smart and ramp him up as we go." Bell underwent offseason knee and Achilles' surgeries and has yet to participate in the offseason program. It's allowed Ameer Abdullah to make an early impression and get more run with the starters. We're letting others draft Bell at his current fifth-round ADP.
Jun 10 - 2:51 PM

Joique Bell has remained out of this week's OTAs while recovering from offseason Achilles' and knee surgeries.

Bell also had a knee scoped last offseason. Although the Lions seem to think Joique should be fine, it's certainly fair to have concerns about a running back coming off three lower-leg surgeries in a roughly 12-month span. Turning 29 before the season, Joique is a tough sell at his current fourth-round ADP.
Jun 4 - 4:40 PM

Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') is sitting out Lions OTAs.

Bell had both his knee and Achilles' surgically repaired following last season. He enters 2015 with red flags concerning injuries, ineffectiveness after averaging under 3.9 YPC the past two seasons, and role following the addition of Ameer Abdullah. Joique also turns 29 before the season. Per Fantasy Football Calculator, Bell's current ADP is in the middle of round four.
May 27 - 1:13 PM

ESPN Lions reporter Mike Rothstein said Detroit "envisions" Joique Bell as the primary running back.

Spending a second-round pick on Ameer Abdullah is an odd way to express confidence in your starting running back, especially after that running back has averaged less than 4.0 YPC in back-to-back seasons. Bell should open training camp as the primary running back, but Abdullah is a more talented player who should quickly wrestle the lion's share of the work away from Bell.
Source: ESPN.com
May 16 - 11:28 AM

The Lions' website expects the team to add "speed and a big-play threat" to their running back stable in the draft.

Joique Bell has failed to reach 4.0 YPC in back-to-back seasons, is coming off knee and Achilles' surgeries, and will be 29 before the season. Passing-down back Theo Riddick is a non-factor as a rusher. Lions GM Martin Mayhew has shown a willingness to use early-round picks at running back before. Detroit has already brought in Tevin Coleman for a pre-draft visit. Ameer Abdullah would be another great fit in the OC Joe Lombardi's scheme.
Mar 17 - 9:43 AM

Joique Bell (knee, Achilles) expects to be ready for OTAs.

Bell had minor clean-up surgeries on his knee and Achilles' following the season. He likely won't be 100 percent, but plans to participate in the Lions' offseason program. Bell missed just one game last year despite multiple injuries. He's signed through 2016 and should return as Detroit's lead back.
Feb 6 - 5:21 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Dan Orlovsky
3Kellen Moore
4Garrett Gilbert
RB1Joique Bell
2Ameer Abdullah
3Theo Riddick
4George Winn
5Zach Zenner
GLB1Joique Bell
2Ameer Abdullah
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Ameer Abdullah
FB1Mike Burton
2Emil Igwenagu
WR11Calvin Johnson
2Corey Fuller
3T.J. Jones
4Andrew Peacock
5Vernon Johnson
WR21Golden Tate
2Jeremy Ross
3Ryan Broyles
4Lance Moore
5Greg Salas
WR31Corey Fuller
TE1Eric Ebron
2Brandon Pettigrew
3Joseph Fauria
4Jordan Thompson
5David Ausberry
K1Matt Prater
2Kyle Brindza