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Joique Bell | Running Back

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/4/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 229
College: Wayne State (MI)
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Joique Bell (Achilles) is listed as probable for Week 17.
He practiced in full on Friday and will start against Green Bay. Dec 26 - 3:56 PM

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Updating a previous item, the Lions listed Joique Bell (Achilles') as a full participant in Thursday's practice.

This should result in a probable tag on Friday. Reports earlier Thursday claiming Bell did not practice jumped the gun. Bell is on track to start against Green Bay and should be in line for his usual workload.
Dec 25 - 5:23 PM

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

Bell was held out of Thursday's practice. Asked if he'll be available for Sunday's NFC North title game, coach Jim Caldwell offered a cagey "we'll see." Bell's absence would be big for a Lions team without much of a between-the-tackles presence behind him on the depth chart. Reggie Bush and Theo Riddick would split work, with George Winn being mixed in.
Dec 25 - 2:54 PM

Joique Bell (Achilles) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Lions OC Joe Lombardi doesn't expect Bell's injury to keep him out this week. Bell was suspended for the first quarter of Sunday's win, but should start and handle the majority of carries against the Packers.
Dec 24 - 3:53 PM

Joique Bell rushed 13 times for 74 yards with one touchdown and caught two passes for 13 yards in Sunday's 20-14 Week 16 win at Chicago.

Bell was benched for the entire first quarter due to some kind of team rules violation. But it was business as usual after he got his first snap with 12:36 left in the second quarter. Bell was the feature back, hogging clock-killing and red-zone work even though Reggie Bush was looking extremely spry. The highlight was a madden-style 17-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that gave the Lions a lead they would hold. Earlier, Matthew Stafford barely missed Bell on a wheel route that would have gone for a touchdown. The Lions close the regular season at Green Bay next week, a game that will decide the NFC North.
Dec 21 - 4:07 PM

Lions OC Joe Lombardi conceded Joique Bell is the team's No. 1 running back, ahead of Reggie Bush.

It would be difficult to claim anything else. Bell has 33 carries to Bush's 11 over the last two weeks and has out-touched Bush 42-16 over that span. Bell has at least 10 carries in 12-of-13 games this season. Bush has managed that feat just twice. Bell is the clear lead back and is a good bet for 20 touches against a leaky Bears' defense. He is a solid RB2 in championship week.
Dec 20 - 9:19 AM

Joique Bell rushed 15 times for 62 yards and caught four balls for 41 yards in the Lions' Week 15 win over the Vikings.

Joique (pronounced "Joyk") was an all-purpose machine in this one, racking up big gains in the passing game and a number of chain-moving rushes, particularly in the fourth quarter. He has clearly asserted himself as the Lions' feature back with Reggie Bush continuing to struggle with health and Theo Riddick just a reserve/role player. Expect Bell to stay hot in a Week 16 date with the Bears' leaky defense. He shredded Chicago on Thanksgiving. Joique will be an RB2 in fantasy title week.
Dec 14 - 7:15 PM

Joique Bell rushed 18 times for 83 yards and a score and caught five passes for 50 yards and another touchdown Week 14 against the Bucs.

Bell struggled to get anything going on the ground before breaking a 57-yard run early in the fourth quarter, but the lack of success was not his fault. Bell gained extra yards after contact all game, and slipped a Lavonte David tackle in the backfield on his one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Even with Reggie Bush back, Bell handled 23 touches and was the clear-cut lead back. He will be a solid RB2 against the Vikings Week 15.
Dec 7 - 4:12 PM

Joique Bell rushed 23 times for 91 yards and two touchdowns in the Lions' Week 13 win over the Bears, adding two catches for an additional 16 yards.

The rushing yards were Bell's most of the season, while the two-TD effort was his first of 2014. Bell continued to look slippery, getting around the edge and fitting through tight spaces for extra yards. His play has come on at the right time for Detroit. Bell will remain in the RB2 conversation for the fantasy playoffs, as the Lions have an unusually soft schedule.
Nov 27 - 4:07 PM

Joique Bell managed 48 yards on 19 carries and one catch for a loss of two yards in the Lions' Week 12 loss to the Patriots.

Bell was ineffective, but dominated touches in Detroit's backfield as Theo Riddick finished with only five. Since a slow start to the season, the Patriots' run defense has stiffened up in a major way recently, and the Lions' run blocking cleared next-to-no lanes in Sunday's defeat. Expect Bell to remain a solid RB2/flex play when Detroit takes on the Bears on Thanksgiving Thursday.
Nov 23 - 4:48 PM

Joique Bell (ankle) is listed as probable for Week 12.

He's good to go as an RB2/flex play against the Patriots.
Nov 21 - 4:11 PM

Joique Bell (ankle) returned to Lions practice Thursday, getting in a limited session.

It appears Wednesday was just a day of rest for the Lions' No. 1 back. He's an RB2 for Sunday's matchup with the Patriots.
Nov 20 - 2:41 PM

Joique Bell (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.

Bell wasn't listed on the Lions' post-game injury report, but was held out on Wednesday. It's not clear if his Week 12 status is in jeopardy. Bell will be updated again no later than Thursday.
Nov 19 - 4:21 PM

Joique Bell rushed 14 times for 85 yards in Detroit's Week 11 loss to the Cardinals, adding three catches for 30 additional yards.

Facing one of his toughest opponents of the season, Bell had arguably his best game. Bell refused to go down, shedding tackles and extending runs with excellent balance. He's now averaging 5.37 yards per carry over his past two games after limping into Week 10 with a 3.19 YPC. For the year, his mark is now up to 3.62. That's still nowhere near where Bell needs to be, but it appears the worst is behind him. He'll be a mid-range RB2 against the Patriots' mid-range run defense in Week 12.
Nov 16 - 7:45 PM

Joique Bell rushed 10 times for 44 yards in the Lions' Week 10 win over the Dolphins, adding two receptions for an additional 37 yards.

The 44 yards on the ground were nothing to call home about, but actually led to Bell's highest YPC of the season (4.4). Bell was adding yards after first contact, and breaking tackles. He should have had a bigger day, however, as Reggie Bush was gimpy after tweaking his right ankle, while Theo Riddick was limited to five touches. Injuries and circumstance have often thrust Bell into RB2 duty this season, but he'll be best utilized as an RB3 against the Cardinals' stingy run defense in Week 11.
Nov 9 - 5:44 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Dan Orlovsky
3Kellen Moore
RB1Joique Bell
2Reggie Bush
3Theo Riddick
4George Winn
GLB1Joique Bell
2Reggie Bush
3RB1Reggie Bush
2Joique Bell
FB1Jed Collins
WR11Calvin Johnson
2Jeremy Ross
WR21Golden Tate
2Corey Fuller
3Ryan Broyles
WR31Jeremy Ross
TE1Brandon Pettigrew
2Eric Ebron
3Kellen Davis
K1Matt Prater