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RB Joique Bell - Detroit Lions

5-11, 220Born: 8-4-1986College: Wayne State (MI)Drafted: ---

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He is listed as out on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 28): Bell had a score (barely), but he also had less than half a yard gained per touch. The Lions need to abandon him. Hopefully you have already.

General News (Sat Oct 3): is out for this week's game.

General News (Fri Oct 2): did not practice on Friday.

General News (Thu Oct 1): did not practice on Thursday.

Week 4: at Seattle Seahawks

All RB vs SEA

Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. The Lions' backs have flamed out during September - Detroit is dead last in the NFL with 135 yards rushing, total, over the first three games of the season. Joique Bell averages 1.1 yards per carry so far (20/22/1 rushing with 5/41/0 receiving) - he's clearly limited this year. Ameer Abdullah is the best of a bad fantasy lot (21/82/1 rushing with 7/72/1 receiving so far) but has seen few opportunities in the last two weeks - last week, the Lions attempted just 19 rushes and reaped a mere 28 yards on the ground, though Bell did manage a TD (10/6/1), as did Abdullah (8/23/0 rushing with 2/19/1 receiving). We'll see if the Lions can pick it up in this phase of the game now that Denver's top-ten rush D is in the rear-view mirror. The Seahawks just crushed an injury-riddled Chicago team 26-0 last week, giving up 20/74/0 rushing to Matt Forte and holding the team to 27/98/0 rushing during the debacle. To date, Seattle averages 100.3 rushing yards allowed per game (17th in the NFL) with just two rushing scores given out. Two weeks ago, Green Bay had 27/129/0 rushing as a team against this group. This looks like a terrible matchup for the struggling Lions' crew.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at SD 18 6 14 0 2 2 27 0 0 4.1
2 at MIN 18 4 2 0 2 2 16 0 0 1.8
3 vs DEN 25 10 6 1 1 1 -2 0 0 6.4
4 at SEA PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 0 * * * *
4 at SEA PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0 * * * *
4 at SEA PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 3 vs DEN (10 / 6 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)

Used exclusively on early down and short yardage situations, Joique Bell was sent between the tackles the majority of the time. His success ranged from short gains to lost yardage. While he did manage a short one yard touchdown over the top of the line, he later failed to convert a two point conversion. Bell's involvement continues to trend downward, as his role is diminishing with the success of Abdullah and the offensive line is not suiting his game.

2015 Week 2 vs MIN (4 / 2 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

It was a quiet day for the Detroit backfield as Minnesota's front seven did quite well at limiting Bell on the ground. Gaining only 2 yards on four carries, Bell offered nothing inspiring on the ground. He was, however, prosperously utilized for a two point conversion at the end of the game. Similar to week one, Bell's receiving stat line looks acceptable, but if not for a 16 yard reception, it would have been below par.

2015 Week 1 vs SD (6 / 14 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)

Possibly on a pitch count coming off of injury, Bell was used sparingly Sunday. Playing behind Ameer Abdullah for much of the game, Bell executed two successful runs up the middle for seven and eight yards respectively. He was utilized in the passing game twice, but statistically, if not for a 24 yard play-action screen pass, things would have appeared more underwhelming for Bell. Time will tell if his usage will increase with his health, but if Abdullah continues to perform, Bell may not see as much time as he would like.


Latest News

Lions | Joique Bell out for Week 4 (Sat Oct 3, 07:48 PM) - Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (ankle) is out for Week 4.

Our View: The Lions have been talking about using more of rookie RB Ameer Abdullah. Here's their chance with a big game against the Seahawks on Monday night.
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Lions | Zach Zenner could play more (Sat Oct 3, 02:46 PM) - Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner could be in for a bigger role Monday, Oct. 5, against the Seattle Seahawks with RB Joique Bell (ankle) suffering from an ankle injury. Bell did not practice Saturday, Oct. 3, and could miss the Lions' Week 4 outing. Head coach Jim Caldwell gave Zenner a vote of confidence, saying if Zenner does play, he won't have any problem knowing what he's doing.

Our View: We're excited to see what Zenner can do. He's a good all-purpose runner and fine receiver out of the backfield. The team will be playing without Bell, and rookie Ameer Abdullah may be best suited as a change-of-pace back only.
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Lions | Joique Bell remains out (Sat Oct 3, 12:58 PM) - Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (ankle) is not participating during the media-access portion of practice Saturday, Oct. 3.

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Lions | Joique Bell sits out again (Fri Oct 2, 04:43 PM) - Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (ankle) did not practice again Friday, Oct. 2, and is in danger of missing Week 4 against the Seattle Seahawks Monday, Oct. 5.

Our View: Ameer Abdullah and Zach Zenner could get a shot to evict Bell for good with a big Monday night at Seattle. Bell appears to offering little to the offense, so the rookies will be in the spotlight.
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Lions | Joique Bell misses practice (Thu Oct 1, 05:46 PM) - Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (ankle) missed practice with an ankle injury Thursday, Oct. 1, and's Tim Twentyman hinted that that could mean more usage of RB Ameer Abdullah in Week 4 against the Seattle Seahawks.

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