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35 Joique Bell RB
Height/Weight: 5-11/229 | Birthdate: 8/4/1986 | Birthplace: Benton Harbor, MI, USA | Team: Detroit | College: Wayne State (Mich.) | NFL Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 99/85 | Average Draft Position: 47.66
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Lions RB Joique Bell predicting at least a 1,200-yard season


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Lions featured back Joique Bell is coming off a knee injury that has sidelined him throughout the offseason and has also been dealing with an Achilles issue. But his confidence is not hurt at all.

Bell has made a rather lofty prediction for 2015, particularly for a guy that has never rushed for more than 860 yards in a season. He claims he will exceed that by plenty.

"I'm going to rush for over 1,200 yards," he told MLive.com. "That's the minimum. If I do less than that, I'll be surprised. I'll be disappointed. Anything more than that, I wouldn't be surprised at all."

Bell averaged a mediocre 3.9 yards per carry in both of the last two years.


Lions rookie RB Ameer Abdullah impressing coaches


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2015) Lions rookie running back Ameer Abdullah has earned the praise of offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi.

Abdullah has received a good look with expected featured back Joique Bell injured and absent.

"I like Abdullah more every day," Lombardi told the Detroit Free Press. "He's a real pro, and every day, you can see him do things that actually excite you.

The second-round pick out of Nebraska has handled punt and kickoff return duties and has played mostly with the second team in OTAs. He has also flashed as a pass-catcher.

"He didn't get a chance, maybe, to show everything he can do as a receiver at Nebraska, but he's even better in that phase of the game than I thought when we drafted him," Lombardi said. "So it was kind of a bonus."


Lions concerned about timetable to health for RB Joique Bell


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2015) The Lions are worried that likely featured back Joique Bell, who underwent minor surgeries in the offseason, will not be ready for training camp. He has been held out of all nine OTA sessions.

"I think you're always concerned," offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi told MLive.com. "But the doctors and he all tell us that he's going to be able to come back.

"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? But we'll be careful with him and smart and ramp him up as we go."

Bell was the lone shining light in the backfield for Detroit a year ago. He finished with a career-high 860 yards rushing on 223 carries and exceeded 4.0 yards per carry in the second half.


Lions RB Joique Bell a participant in Tuesday session


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Lions running back Joique Bell participated in the team's Tuesday workout, though it's unclear to what extent, per the Detroit News.

His mere availability for the OTA is encouraging, however, given the minor surgeries he underwent in the offseason.

Bell came on strong at the end of last year and finished with 860 yards and a 3.9 yards-per-carry average.


Joique Bell, Theo Riddick a 'work in progress' for Lions


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Even though the Lions are considering drafting a running back, the team will depend on Joique Bell and Theo Riddick for a large portion of the running game this season.

GM Joe Lombardi called the veteran tandem a "work in progress".

"Joique we love. He's a tough guy. Runs hard. Just keeping him healthy will be key," Lombardi said, per NFL.com. "I'm very excited for Theo (Riddick) and have been since I first got here. I think we're going to see great things from him."

 


Lions' Bell: I'm ready for whatever the team needs me to do in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) With Reggie Bush banged up for a good portion of the 2014 season, the Lions leaned on running back Joique Bell to pace the rushing attack, as he finished with a team-high 860 rushing yards.

Barring any offseason moves, the Lions could once again look to Bell as their feature back in 2015, especially since Bush is no longer on the roster following his release last week.

“I think we worked well together,” Bell told the team's official website of his relationship with Bush. “I think we proved our tandem our first season playing together when we made history. But I’m definitely ready to handle whatever the team needs me to do."

Bell, who has totaled 15 rushing touchdowns the last two seasons, had his best year as a pro in '14 and showed the football world he could handle a job as a feature back in the NFL.

“I think it was more so for the front office and for coaches to see that I could handle that,” he said. “It wasn’t for me as a player. I know what I can and can’t handle as a player. As far as me carrying the load, I know what I can and can’t do.

“I always knew I had the ability. It was just about getting the opportunity. I didn’t know when that opportunity would come. I just had to be patient and wait."


Lions RB Joique Bell on 2014 campaign: 'I can do better'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2015) Lions running back Joique Bell enjoyed his best statistical campaign in the NFL in 2014, but remains unsatisfied, per the team's official website.

"As a whole, the season was a very successful season as far as the team," Bell said. "As far as my (season), I really need to pick it up a little bit more. I can do better. We didn't win a Super Bowl, so I can do more."

Reggie Bush took a backseat to Bell after experiencing various injuries, and Bell helped the Lions reach 11 wins and a playoff berth. Bell finished the year with a career-best 860 rushing yards, with 547 coming in the final eight games. He is recovering from an undisclosed operation, and is expected to be back for organized team activities in April. However, it remains to be seen if he'll be fully recovered in time for OTAs.


Lions RB Joique Bell recovering from undisclosed surgery


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2015) Lions running back Joique Bell is recovering from an undisclosed operation. Bell posted a post-surgery photo on his Instagram account, indicating he went under the knife.

Bell dealt with an assortment of injuries all season. He was listed as probable in Week 17 with an Achilles issue, but also had knee and ankle troubles. He only missed one game (Week 5, Buffalo) due to injury in 2014.

Bell finished the year with a career-best 860 rushing yards, with 547 coming in the final eight games. He racked up 85 yards of total offense in Detroit's wild-card loss to Dallas.


Lions RB Joique Bell racks up 85 yards vs. Cowboys


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/4/2015) Lions running back Joique Bell rushed for 43 yards on 12 carries and gained 42 yards on four receptions in his team's 24-20 Wild Card loss to the Cowboys Sunday.

Bell watched Reggie Bush scamper into the end zone from 18 yards out in the first quarter and ceded time to Theo Riddick late in each half, leaving him to just grind out yardage throughout the game. He was the only player on the Lions to catch all of his targets in the loss.


Lions' Joique Bell rushes for 60 yards in loss to Green Bay


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/28/2014) Lions running back Joique Bell had 13 carries for 60 yards in Detroit's 30-20 loss to the Packers Sunday. Bell also fumbled a handoff from quarterback Matthew Stafford, which resulted in a Packers' recovery and eventual touchdown.

Bell finishes the 2014 regular season with 860 yards and seven touchdowns on 223 carries. He also had 34 catches for 322 yards and a touchdown.

Bell and the Lions will take on the Cowboys in the wild card round of the NFC playoffs next week.


Lions head into Week 17 mostly healthy against the Packers


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2014) The Lions will be without defensive tackle Nick Fairley for Sunday's game against the Packers with a knee injury.

It will be Fairley's eighth straight week out of game action. 

Running back Joique Bell (Achilles), wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) and cornerback Mohammed Seisay (hamstring) are all listed as probable.

The Lions are currently 7 1/2-point underdogs against the Packers for Week 17. 


Update: Lions RB Joique Bell 'should be fine' for Sunday


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/25/2014) Lions running back Joique Bell (Achilles) practiced fully Thursday after being limited Wednesday and "should be fine" for Sunday's game at Green Bay, reports the team's website. Earlier reports indicated Bell's status was in doubt, especially after coach Jim Caldwell replied, "We'll see," when asked if Bell would be able to play.

Bell leads Detroit with 800 rushing yards and eight total touchdowns, including five in the past four games. The Lions are 7.5-point underdogs in the game for the NFC North crown.


Lions RB Joique Bell (Achilles) might miss NFC North showdown


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/25/2014) The Lions might not have running back Joique Bell for Sunday's key game at Green Bay, reports MLive.com. Bell has been limited in practice this week with an Achilles injury, and coach Jim Caldwell said only, "We'll see," when asked about Bell's status.

Bell leads Detroit with 800 rushing yards and eight total touchdowns. He's averaged at least 4.0 yards per carry in four straight games, scoring five times in that span. If he can't play, Reggie Bush would start and Theo Riddick and George Winn would get increased snaps, the report said.

Detroit is a 7.5-point underdog in the game that will decide the division title.


Lions OC not concerned about Joique Bell's Achilles' injury


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/24/2014) Lions running back Joique Bell was limited in Wednesday's practice by an Achilles' injury, but offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi doesn't think the injury will hinder Bell in Sunday's pivotal game at Green Bay, reports ESPN.com. Bell has four rushing touchdowns in his past four games.

The Lions are 8-point underdogs Sunday in the game that will decide the NFC North.


Lions RB Joique Bell was benched for 'violation of team rules'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2014) Lions coach Jim Caldwell told reporters that running back Joique Bell was suspended for the first quarter of Sunday's 20-14 victory over Chicago for what he deemed "violation of team rules," reports ESPN.

Bell took a backseat to Reggie Bush early on before emerging late in the second half. After logging only three carries in the first half, Bell finished the game with 74 yards on 13 attempts and a 17-yard score midway through the fourth quarter that gave Detroit the lead to stay. 

Detroit is a 7 1/2-point underdog at Green Bay in Week 17. The Lions have a 22-game losing streak at Lambeau Field, an NFL record for most consecutive road losses against a single opponent. The winner will clinch the NFC North title.


RB Joique Bell emerges late to help Lions win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) It took a while for Joique Bell to get into the game Sunday against Chicago, but the Lions running back certainly made the most of his opportunity thereafter.

Bell had just three yards on two carries at halftime, but finished with 74 yards in 13 attempts and a 17-yard score midway through the fourth quarter that gave Detroit the lead to stay. He faked out two Bears on the way to the end zone.

He needs 200 yards next Sunday at Green Bay to hit 1,000 for the season.


Lions' Joique Bell gets the work Week 15


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Lions running back Joique Bell received the bulk of the carries Week 15.

Reggie Bush came into the game dealing with an ankle injury, so Bell was used as the workhorse. He carried the ball 15 times, gaining 62 yards. Bell also proved to be a useful asset in the passing game, hauling in four passes for 41 yards. He finished second on the team in receiving for the game. 

Bell will look for more Week 16 against the Bears.


Joique Bell brushes off Reggie Bush


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/7/2014) Lions running back Reggie Bush returned to action Week 14 against Tampa Bay after missing a few games with an ankle injury and didn't play an insignificant amount, rushing eight times for 26 yards and catching four passes for 8. In fact, his 12 touches were his most since Week 4 at the Jets, when he had 16. And yet Joique Bell, Bush's platoon partner who has stepped up his production recent weeks, continued to thrive with 18 carries for 83 yards and a touchdown and five catches for 50 yards and a touchdown.

It was Bell's third straight game with at least 18 carries. He got 18 carries once before when Bush was healthy Week 7 against New Orleans, but he gained only 48 yards then. Part of the reason for his recent success is that he's just been more effective running the ball, averaging 4.1 yards per carry in his last four games compared to 3.3 in his previous eight. And at least the last two weeks, matchups have played a part in that.

You wouldn't want to count on Bell for more than 100 combined yards and two touchdowns every week with Bush back in the mix, but it's clear he's more reliable now than he was at the beginning of the season. With another favorable matchup Week 15 against Minnesota, he's a great second running back in most formats.


Lions' Joique Bell stays hot with two touchdowns in Week 14 win


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) Lions running back Joique Bell ran 18 times for 83 yards and a touchdown in Detroit's 34-17 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday. 

Bell also had five catches for 50 yards and a touchdown. Much of Bell's 83 yards came on a 57 yard run in the second half. Bell has four touchdowns in the last two weeks.

The Lions will host Minnesota in Week 15. 


Reggie Bush return unfortunate for Joique Bell


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/4/2014) Coming off his best rushing performance of the season -- a 91-yard, two-touchdown effort against the Bears in Week 13 -- Lions running back Joique Bell looked like an easy call for Week 14 against a Buccaneers team that, at 2-10, may be out of the running by halftime.

But Reggie Bush's expected return from an ankle injury, which has sidelined him for the last three weeks, changes things, especially since coach Jim Caldwell has said Bush will start when he's ready to return.

Of course, being the starter at running back doesn't count for much for a team like the Lions, who rotate players at the position. Bush was a starter before the injury as well, and yet Bell outperformed him virtually every week. But that doesn't change the fact that in the seven games Bush has played this season, Bell hasn't run for more than 51 yards.

Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both rank Bell 11th among running backs for this week, but I'm not confident he'll get the touches to make that kind of contribution. He's still usable, particularly as a flex option, but he'd probably be outside my top 20.


Lions' Joique Bell totals more than 100 yards, two TDs Week 13


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/27/2014) With Reggie Bush sidelined a third straight game Week 13 due to an ankle injury, Lions running back Joique Bell stepped up in his absence during a 34-17 win. Bell rushed for a team-high 91 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries, while adding two catches for 16 yards.

Bell gave Detroit a 17-14 lead with a 1-yard touchdown run with 3:18 left in the second quarter. Bell added another 1-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter, giving Detroit a 31-17 lead. It was the second multitouchdown game of his career.

The 23 carries and 91 rushing yards were season highs for Bell, who has surpassed 80 rushing yards in two of his last three games. He has five rushing touchdowns in 11 games.

The Lions are back in action Week 14 vs. Tampa Bay.


Joique Bell starting at RB for Lions on Thanksgiving


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/27/2014) Lions running back Joique Bell has been tabbed the starter for Thursday's game vs. Chicago in place of running back Reggie Bush, who missed a third straight game due to an ankle injury. 

Bell is set to face a Bears defense yielding 106.8 rushing yards per game. Chicago has allowed five rushing touchdowns through 11 games and just five carries of 20-plus yards.


Lions RB Joique Bell held in check vs. New England


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) Lions running back Joique Bell was unable to solve New England's front seven and was held under 50 yards rushing in a 34-9 defeat in Week 13.

Bell didn't have a run for more than 6 yards on the day. He carried the ball 19 times for 48 yards, averaging 2.5 yards per attempt. He caught one of two targets for minus-2 yards. He has been held out of the end zone for four consecutive games. Bell has 490 rushing yards and three touchdowns this season.

He'll look to get going Thursday against Chicago.


Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Joique Bell labeled active for Lions


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) Lions wide receivers Calvin Johnson (ankle) and Golden Tate (hip) were both designated as active for Sunday's clash against New England. Running back Joique Bell (ankle) was also labeled as active for Week 12. Both players were listed as probable entering Sunday and were not in any danger of missing game action.

Probables dominate injury report posted by Lions


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) The Lions are in good physical shape for their Sunday game against the Patriots aside from the ruled-out statuses of defensive tackle Nick Fairley and guard Larry Warford with knee problems.

Running back Reggie Bush (ankle) is questionable, but the rest of those on the injury report are probable, including star wideouts Calvin Johnson (ankle) and Golden Tate (hip). The rest are running back Joique Bell (ankle), tight end Brandon Pettigrew (foot) and tackle LaAdrian Waddle (knee).