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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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MLive's Kyle Meinke said, "Joique Bell remains the Lions' No. 1 tailback — for now, at least."
The for now is important. Bell struggled at the beginning of last season after an unhealthy offseason, and a similar start could see Bell fall behind Ameer Abdullah in the pecking order. For now, though, he still projects as the Week 1 starter in Detroit. Fantasy favorite Zach Zenner is well down the depth chart. Sep 1 - 8:19 AM

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Lions activated RB Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') from the active/PUP list.

It's not a moment too soon for the 29-year-old veteran, who isn't facing heat from just change-of-pace back Ameer Abdullah, but early-down prospect Zach Zenner. Provided he's in game shape, Bell will be the Lions' primary chain mover in Week 1, but he can't afford a slow start like the one he had in 2014. Abdullah is talented enough to begin stealing work from the word go.
Aug 31 - 2:37 PM

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said RB Joique Bell is "moving along really well" in his recovery from offseason knee and Achilles surgeries.

Bell said he's made "good progress" though the Lions are still "playing it by ear." He hasn't suited up for any of the Lions' preseason games and has yet to resume practicing. Bell doesn't expect to be limited upon his return. Promising rookie Ameer Abdullah will have a role regardless of Bell's health.
Aug 30 - 9:47 AM

Lions RB Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') expects to be "healthy" for the regular season.

Bell has yet to practice this offseason coming off "minor" knee and Achilles' surgeries. Bell stumbled out of the gate after a similarly unhealthy offseason last year, but he is confident he can step in and be a workhorse when he is healthy. In reality, he will likely form an early-season committee with rookie Ameer Abdullah.
Aug 25 - 11:45 AM

Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') remains sidelined at Lions practice.

Bell has spent the entire summer on active/PUP. At this point, he's not going to see any preseason action. Bell has 20 days to get ready for the Lions' opener. Whenever Bell returns, it will be to a committee with Ameer Abdullah, and perhaps even Theo Riddick.
Aug 24 - 3:10 PM

Lions QB Matthew Stafford confirmed the Lions will use a running back by committee even when Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') is healthy.

The writing has been on the wall all offseason. The only real question is how the workload will be divvied up. Ameer Abdullah was sparingly used in the Lions' second preseason game, but he should open the season as at least the 1B to Bell's 1A. Theo Riddick has earned praise for his running this preseason, but will be at best used as a passing-game specialist. Despite his rising ADP, Abdullah's upside makes him the back to own in Detroit.
Aug 24 - 12:53 PM

The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett reiterated that Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') is expected to remain the Lions' starting running back when he returns.

Undrafted rookie Zach Zenner, who impressed in the preseason opener and saw a smattering of first-team reps at practice this week, also indicated Bell remains atop the depth chart when healthy. Indications are Bell will be activated off PUP shortly. Once all three running backs hit the field, it wouldn't come as a surprise to see Ameer Abdullah and eventually Zenner pass Bell. He hasn't looked the healthy since the 2013 season.
Aug 19 - 9:27 AM

Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') remains on the active/PUP list.

We heard last Tuesday that Bell was "ramping up" his side work, but a week has come and gone without a change in his status. Meanwhile, rookie Ameer Abdullah lit up the preseason opener, and Bell won't suit up against the Bills on Thursday. Bell's grip on No. 1 status is tenuous.
Aug 18 - 6:31 PM

Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') "ramped up" his side work on Tuesday.

Per reporter Dave Birkett, Bell turned in his most intense workout of camp on Tuesday. Bell won't be active for Detroit's preseason opener, but should return to practice within the week.
Aug 11 - 4:36 PM

Joique Bell expects the Lions to run more in 2015.

"It's not 'if,' it's 'when,'" Bell insisted. The Lions' offense was perceived to be more balanced in 2014 than it had been in recent years, but finished 11th in pass attempts and 25th in rush attempts. That needs to change, as the Lions tend to struggle when they rely too much on Matthew Stafford's streaky arm. The arrival of first-round OG Laken Tomlinson and second-round RB Ameer Abdullah provides more weapons in the running game. We love Abdullah as a mid-round pick.
Source: FOX Sports
Aug 8 - 10:05 AM

Tim Twentyman of the Lions' website expects Joique Bell (Achilles', knee) to be activated from the active/PUP list shortly.

Twentyman reports Bell is "progressing quickly," and has begun doing sprints, making cuts, and performing cone drills in the rehab section of Lions practice. The beat writers in Detroit still believe Bell will open the season as the Lions' starter, ahead of Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick. Bell figures to run with the first-team offense once he's finally cleared to resume practicing.
Aug 7 - 4:09 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Dan Orlovsky
3Kellen Moore
RB1Joique Bell
2Ameer Abdullah
3Theo Riddick
4Zach Zenner
5George Winn
GLB1Joique Bell
2Ameer Abdullah
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Ameer Abdullah
FB1Mike Burton
2Emil Igwenagu
WR11Calvin Johnson
2Corey Fuller
3T.J. Jones
4Greg Salas
WR21Golden Tate
2Jeremy Ross
3Deon Butler
4Lance Moore
WR31Corey Fuller
TE1Eric Ebron
2Brandon Pettigrew
3Joseph Fauria
4Tim Wright
K1Matt Prater