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RB Joique Bell - Detroit Lions

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

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Bell suffered a concussion in the Week 4 game against the Jets, and may not play in Week 5. The Lions called up George Winn from the practice squad in anticipation of his possible absence. **UPDATE - Bell (concussion) missed his third straight practice of the week Friday, Oct. 3, although he was back on the field for the first time since suffering a concussion in Week 4.

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 20): The Lions are growing up without Calvin Johnson. Bell is part of the balance they are developing, and Reggie Bush is back in his weekly injury report residence cycle, so Bell now becomes a must start in London this week against the reeling Falcons.

Week 8: at Atlanta Falcons

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Reggie Bush tweaked his ankle injury and had nagging issues with it during the contest against New Orleans - he wasn't 100% healthy so Joique Bell, back from the concussion protocols, carried most of the load (18/48/1 rushing with 2/19/0 receiving). Bush is expected to be available for this week's game in London, but stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News for the latest on this developing situation. Bush's 4/10/0 rushing and 5/22/0 receiving wasn't much of a 'revenge' against the Saints, in any case. Bell has been the more reliably productive of these two 1A/1B backs so far this year (84/274/3 rushing with 24 targets for 13/115/0 receiving for Bell to date; 49/171/1 rushing with 34 targets for 25/160/0 receiving for Bush). The Falcons' rush D is weak, ranking 27th in the NFL allowing an average of 137.7 rushing yards per game, with 13 rushing TDs (worst in the NFL) given out to date. Baltimore compiled 36/123/1 against this group last week; Chicago had 29/103/2 rushing two games back. Advantage, Detroit.

Recent Stats and Projections

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4 at NYJ 8 32 0 4 2 7 0 0
6 at MIN 18 74 1 3 2 23 0 0
7 vs NO 18 48 1 5 2 19 0 0
8 at ATL PROJ-Dodds 16 * * 5 * * *
8 at ATL PROJ-Tremblay 12 * * 3 * * *
8 at ATL PROJ-Bloom 16 * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs MIN (18 / 74 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)

It was a very slow start for Bell against the Vikings. In the first half, Bell was stacked up at the line of scrimmage on more than half his carries and added a dropped third down pass late in the second quarter. In the second half, however, Bell got the Detroit offense moving with three straight quality touches good for 31 yards in whole. When able to set up defenders, Bell eluded initial tackle attempts, found cutbacks lanes, and ran through arm tackles. Bell was the focal point of the offense throughout the third quarter as Detroit put the game away. In the fourth quarter, Bell iced the game with consecutive carries in the red zone, leaping over the pile for the touchdown on the second attempt. As in previous seasons, when called upon as the lead back Bell delivered a quality performance, this time without much help from the Detroit passing game.

2014 Week 7 vs NO (18 / 48 / 1 rush, 5 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)

With Reggie Bush on and off the field with an ankle injury, Bell was the main running back against the Saints, logging 20 touches. Outside of a converted goal line carry, however, Bell was largely ineffective. On occasion, Bell broke a tackle to add a few yards on to a run, but the Saints defense crowded the line of scrimmage and clogged running lanes. A big play was missed when a well-designed screen pass was off-target from Matthew Stafford to Bell. The convoy of blockers was set up for a long gain and the pass rush did just enough to force an off-target throw. That play would have upped Bell's production quite a bit as the 67 yards on 19 touches that remain accurately represent his struggles in the game.

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Latest News

Lions | Joique Bell likely to carry load (Fri Oct 24, 10:10 PM) - Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell is likely to see a lion's share of the carries in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons.

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Lions | Calvin Johnson misses another practice (Fri Oct 17, 12:12 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) didn't practice for the sixth straight day Friday, Oct. 17. Head coach Jim Caldwell isn't ruling him out for Week 7 against the New Orleans Saints, but he also didn't make it sound like Johnson would play, either. Johnson said earlier this week that he sees no reason to rush back to the field until he's completely healthy. The team will lean heavily on WRs Golden Tate, Corey Fuller and Jeremy Ross, along with RBs Joique Bell and Reggie Bush if Johnson doesn't play again.

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Lions | Reggie Bush likely out (Sun Oct 12, 10:13 AM) - Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) is expected to miss the game Sunday, Oct. 12, in Week 6, according to a source. RB Theo Riddick is expected to have a significant role behind RB Joique Bell.

Our View: Riddick had very live legs on his limited touches so far this year, and generated a ton of buzz in the offseason. He is worth monitoring in deep PPR leagues.
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Schedule

8@ Atlanta Falcons
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10vs Miami Dolphins
11@ Arizona Cardinals
12@ New England Patriots
13vs Chicago Bears
14vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
15vs Minnesota Vikings
16@ Chicago Bears
17@ Green Bay Packers