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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

NFL upheld Lions C Dominic Raiola's one-game suspension for violating the league's policy on player safety.

It's the least-surprising decision of the year. Raiola is lucky he escaped with just a one-game ban. It's surprising he even had the gumption to appeal. He should have just accepted his punishment for a gutless act.
Dec 23 - 6:21 PM

NFL suspended Lions C Dominic Raiola one game for stomping on Bears DT Ego Ferguson in Sunday's win over Chicago.

It sounds like he'll just lose one game and one game check for the clearly-dirty move, which was caught on video. Raiola has the right to appeal, but being available for the playoffs should remain his top priority. He could still appeal in an attempt to delay the one-game suspension until next season. Raiola deserves to miss Week 17, and he should know it. He ought to accept this.
Dec 22 - 3:42 PM

The NFL is looking into further discipline for Lions C Dominic Raiola.

During Sunday's Week 16 win at Chicago, FOX cameras caught Raiola stumbling and then stomping on the leg of Bears DL Ego Ferguson after a play. Raiola claims it was unintentional, but it certainly looked very dirty. He's expected to draw a one-game suspension. He's already been fined $10,000 earlier this season for clubbing Patriots DL Zach Moore in the back of the head.
Dec 22 - 11:52 AM

Theo Riddick had zero carries and caught two passes for 10 yards in Sunday's Week 16 win at Chicago.

Even with Joique Bell benched for the first quarter, Riddick didn't have a role. His skill set is far too similar to Reggie Bush's.
Dec 21 - 5:07 PM

Golden Tate caught five passes for 62 yards in Sunday's Week 16 win at Chicago.

The highly efficient Tate only came down with half of his 10 targets, but that was more on a shaky Matthew Stafford. Stafford was especially brutal in the red zone, where he was picked off twice and settled for three field-goal attempts. Tate, who hasn't gone over 100 yards since Week 10, wraps up the regular season at Green Bay next week.
Dec 21 - 5:02 PM

Calvin Johnson caught six passes for 103 yards in Sunday's Week 16 win at Chicago.

Even though Johnson lit up the Bears for 11-146-2 on Thanksgiving, they insanely once again played him with single coverage. So with that in mind, Kyle Fuller actually did a reasonable job. Johnson did have a scare when Golden Tate was tackled into the back of his legs while blocking on a screen, but only missed a few plays and seemed fine. The Lions face the Packers in Week 17.
Dec 21 - 4:56 PM

Reggie Bush rushed seven times for 54 yards with a touchdown and caught six passes for 44 yards in Sunday's Week 16 win at Chicago.

Joique Bell was benched for the entire first quarter, so Bush got to eat. He looked as healthy as he has since his mid-October ankle injury, sharply cutting across the grain and leaving defenders in his wake. Of course, it helped that he was facing arguably the league's worst defense. Bell came back into the flow for the second quarter and capped Bush's touches, especially in clock-killing time. The Lions play at Green Bay in Week 17.
Dec 21 - 4:51 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 22-of-39 passes for 243 yards with zero touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's Week 16 win at Chicago.

Stafford was not sharp at all. Both of his interceptions came in the red-zone and both were ill-advised throws. He also missed a wide open Joique Bell on a wheel route that would have gone for a touchdown in the second half. This is the fourth time this season Stafford has failed to throw a touchdown pass and he has just 19 of them through 15 games. The Lions will need much more out of Stafford if they're going to win the NFC North at Green Bay in Week 17.
Dec 21 - 4:45 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 declared DT Nick Fairley (knee) inactive for Sunday's Week 16 game at Chicago.

Fairley has been sidelined since Week 8 and could be done for the season. The Lions' defense hasn't missed a beat thanks in large part to their exceptional depth up front, and remain a top-shelf D/ST option against Jimmy Clausen Sunday. The rest of the Lions inactives: QB Kellen Moore, DE Larry Webster, WR Ryan Broyles, CB Mohammed Seisay, DT Caraun Reid, OL Rodney Austin.
Dec 21 - 11:33 AM

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

Reggie Bush is absent from the Week 16 injury report.

It would appear Bush is the healthiest he's been all season, but it won't matter much from a fantasy perspective since he's so far behind Joique Bell on the depth chart. Bush is a rocky RB3 who needs to catch 5-6 passes to have any value.
Dec 18 - 4:03 PM

Calvin Johnson (ankle) was upgraded to "full" on Thursday.

Johnson is Rotoworld's No. 1 receiver for Week 16.
Dec 18 - 4:02 PM

Calvin Johnson (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

The Lions have been limiting Johnson's practice reps the last three weeks. He'll be a top-five receiver play for Sunday's matchup with the Bears.
Dec 17 - 4:06 PM

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