Lions RB Mikel Leshoure started the game, but was spotted on the bench having his right leg examined by trainers in the second half.
He didn’t return, but HC Jim Schwartz said it was not due to injury.
“[Joique Bell] was doing some good things for us and we were rotating our backs too,’’ Schwartz said. “Kevin Smith played a lot of third downs and then Joique was playing Joique was on that last series. Mikel, I thought ran the ball well today too.’’
Leshoure finished with 10 carries for 46 yards rushing and three catches for nine yards. While Bell had seven for 25 yards rushing and four catches for 33 yards. Smith had just one run for one yard and also had one reception for seven yards.
It's possible that this is a sign that Bell's role will continue to grow.