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.
Joique Bell has missed the last two Detroit Lions games with an injury. He isn’t planning on missing a third.
“I gotta come back and play,” Bell said Monday when asked if he was planning on playing this week. “... I hate sitting on the sideline.”
Bell said Monday he is planning on practicing with the Lions this week, an obvious precursor to him getting back on the field. What was wrong with him, though, is not totally clear. Bell had Achilles and knee issues last season -- and those issues were part of the reason he was sidelined throughout the preseason.
He was listed on the injury report with an ankle issue the last two weeks, but Monday he said his ankle was “100 percent, actually” and that it was his Achilles that is “getting there," according to the story. His style of running could give the Lions a boost on offense but is also a risky play his first week back if he is, in fact, active.
DeAndre Levy LB (hip); Corey Robinson T (ankle).
Ezekiel Ansah DE (groin); Larry Warford G; Josh Wilson CB (leg).
Jason Jones DE (knee).
Tharold Simon CB (toe); Steven Terrell S (hip).
Demarcus Dobbs DE (shoulder); Marshawn Lynch RB (hamstring); Brandon Mebane DT (groin); Kevin Peirre-Louis LB (hamstring).
Michael Morgan LB (hamstring); Bobby Wagner LB (ankle); Luke Willson TE (back); Kenneth Wright LB (hip).
Despite the questionable tag for Lynch, other media outlets say he's only got a 40-60 chance at playing. Thomas Rawls and Fred Jackson would likely share a workload if Lynch is unable to go. For the Lions, Bell is out so Ameer Abdullah should see an increase in touches but it's a bad road matchup against the Seahawks. Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner should get bumps in snaps too with Zenner being a change of pace option.
Abdullah out-snapped Bell 21-to-18 and out-touched him 11-to-8. Abdullah is the more explosive player, but the Lions know they need to be careful since he doesn't have the size to hold up to a huge workload. The Vikings got gashed by Carlos Hyde over and over on Monday night, so Abdullah could have a big Week 2 if he sees more touches.