This comes mere days after the Lions hosted him for a workout last week. Detroit was trying to figure out how to replace Ameer Abdullah, whom the club reportedly fears could be lost for the season with a torn ligament in his foot, and kicked the tires on Bell with a workout. Now Bell will help replace Jeremy Langford who is expected to miss 4-6 week with a bad ankle. The Bears aren't sure of KaDeem Carey's status heading into this week and perhaps didn't want Jordan Howard to carry a large workload. Raheem Mostert was Chicago's only other back.
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Riddick was already shaping up as a solid RB2 in PPR formats, and this cements his status. The Lions look to be more willing to hand the ball to Riddick than they have in the past. At 223 lbs and with good measurables, Dwayne Washington is worth an immediate pickup in all leagues as he is likely to take over the team's "big back" role. Joique Bell was the #14 RB in this role (#13 in PPR formats) in 2014, before Abdullah joined the team. We're not expecting that sort of upside for Washington with Riddick's expanded rushing role, but it's not out of the question. Zach Zenner becomes an interesting name to monitor, and the Lions also worked out Bell on Tuesday, but he'd likely serve as depth.
Bell, 29, struggled with injuries throughout the 2015 season and was passed on the depth chart by rookie Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick. He gained a career-low 311 yards on 90 carries with four touchdowns.
That leaves the Lions with Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner at the position. Riddick should continue to produce in PPR formats while Abdullah and Zenner will compete for carries. The Lions may decide to address the position in the draft, but they have more pressing needs with Calvin Johnson's pending retirement.
Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm
Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (shoulder, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 17. Abdullah should play against the Bears, per the team’s website. He has been splitting the work with Joique Bell and Theo Roddick. The Lions play early on Sunday.
Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:29pm
Lions RB Joique Bell (shoulder, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 11. Bell will play and likely see the bulk of the touches in one of the league’s worst running games.
Thursday, November 19, 2015, 5:53pm
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 6:07pm
Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 10:49am
It’s time to pull carries from Joique Bell: The Lions' lead back looked like he had found some of his old form in Week 8 against Kansas City. That went away again against Green Bay -- 17 yards on 14 carries -- and once again Bell looked like he had little-to-no push against once of the worst rushing defenses in the league.
Some of that is on the offensive line, but Bell just doesn’t look like the back of 2014.
Since Joique Bell's return in Week 7, Abdullah has nine touches for 46 yards while Bell has 12 touches for 91 yards. Bell out-touched Abdullah 7-to-1 in Week 8 versus Kansas City. The only relatively safe option in the Detroit backfield is Theo Riddick, who has 17 touches for 95 yards, including nine catches. He's the #22 RB in PPR formats year-to-date.
Friday, October 30, 2015, 6:45pm
Lions RB Joique Bell (ankle, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 8. The probable tag means that Bell is going to play against the Chiefs.
Thursday, October 29, 2015, 6:14pm
Lions RB Joique Bell (ankle) was limited Thursday after taking full practice reps Wednesday. It’s a midweek downgrade. It’s not clear if the had a setback or if the team is giving him some time off to heal.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 6:45pm
Friday, October 23, 2015, 7:16pm
Lions RB Joique Bell (ankle, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 7. The probable tag means that Bell is very likely to make his return this week. Zach Zenner is out for the year, so Bell should get at least a few touches.
Thursday, October 22, 2015, 6:35pm
Lions RB Joique Bell (ankle) was limited Thursday after taking full practice reps Wednesday. The downgrade is a little worrisome. With Zach Zenner out for the year, Bell would split carries with Ameer Abdullah if he can play.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 6:13pm
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