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Lions cut Joique Bell

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After a rough year in Detroit, the once-promising running back Joique Bell is on the way out.

Bell was officially released by the Lions today.

The 29-year-old Bell, who is from Michigan and went to college at Detroit’s Wayne State University, bounced around the NFL as an undrafted rookie for a couple years before he ever got a chance in a regular-season game, but when he finally got his chance, he performed well for the Lions, averaging 5.0 yards a carry in 2012.

In 2014 Bell became the Lions’ leading rusher and helped them make a surprise playoff berth, but he was injured and ineffective in 2015, finishing with career-lows across the board with 311 yards, 3.5 yards a carry, 22 catches and 286 receiving yards.

Now Bell is a free agent, available to any team that needs a veteran running back and thinks Bell can bounce back from a bad year.

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26 Responses to “Lions cut Joique Bell”
  1. bryantrulen says: Feb 16, 2016 5:26 PM

    #RBLifeSpan #APistheonlyUntouchableBack

  2. silvercrush33 says: Feb 16, 2016 5:32 PM

    Cap casualty… too bad injuries derailed him the past season and a half. True underdog story, and definitely a fan favorite. Thanks for the hard work Joique. Best of luck wherever you end up!

    One more time now… Heyyyy, Hooo, Heyyy, Hoooo…

  3. iceracer2015 says: Feb 16, 2016 5:32 PM

    I thought Detroit should have given Joique one last year. His passion for the city and that team made him a crowd favorite.

    Ah, well. This Lions fan wished Bell the best. He will make a good backup for someone.

  4. 81megatron81 says: Feb 16, 2016 5:36 PM

    Best of luck, you’re a class act.

    Now onto Zac Zenner’s era

  5. tokyosandblaster says: Feb 16, 2016 5:40 PM

    The Vikings will probably be all over this guy.

    He can probably throw the ball past 15 yards. Could be the best QB they’ve had since Favre.


  6. vikingforlife says: Feb 16, 2016 5:48 PM

    Detroit, Make things interesting and make Chicago REALLY regret their decision: SIGN FORTE!!!!

  7. greenbaychicksarefat says: Feb 16, 2016 5:54 PM

    He would instantly be the #1 back if he signed with the packers.

  8. staffordsyear says: Feb 16, 2016 6:12 PM

    He hit his wall fast this last last year, best of luck man.

  9. haydenpryor says: Feb 16, 2016 6:15 PM

    Patriots- can run and catch as a bigger back

  10. minnescrotums says: Feb 16, 2016 6:19 PM

    Since we all know the Vikings will return to 3rd or 4th in the division, I’m hoping the Lions will make a push to give the Packers a good challenge this year.

  11. spiffybiff says: Feb 16, 2016 6:25 PM

    Lions aren’t joiquing around

  12. suhmonster90 says: Feb 16, 2016 6:27 PM

    Not long ago he was literally the best YAC back in the league. Unfortunately, while the effort is still there the results showed that is no longer the case. He will find a soft landing spot and I hope his career doesn’t end with this article!

  13. bullcharger says: Feb 16, 2016 6:29 PM

    Could be useful in a limited role for sure.

  14. absodefinitely says: Feb 16, 2016 6:52 PM

    I actually like Joique Bell, I know it’s hard for some people on here to appreciate talent on divisional opponents teams but he was always solid player and it’s a cool story that he got to play college and pro ball in his home state. Best of luck to him.

  15. aldavisjr says: Feb 16, 2016 7:39 PM

    Time to start using Abdullah properly!

  16. staffordsyear says: Feb 16, 2016 8:49 PM

    I like the idea of picking up Forte but we have Theo Riddick, the guy can ball! Its time to see him get a full time roll..time will tell on Abdullah.

  17. butlers91 says: Feb 16, 2016 8:58 PM

    Ugh, bad decision…one unhealthy year and gone. They prefer the fumble machine.

  18. koolaid69 says: Feb 16, 2016 9:06 PM

    We will be alright. We have A 2 Z in our backfield. We’ll be fine

  19. nflfollower says: Feb 16, 2016 9:43 PM

    It’s gonna be zenner, Abdullah, and riddick. No real power back but zenner can get the tough yards. And that’s a pretty inexpensive backfield. Running back is not the position to spend cap room on these days, and Bell was taking up a small chun of it— too much of a chunk for the new GMs liking. Running a hometown favorite out—- already putting the New England stamp on things.

  20. charlesamorganblog says: Feb 16, 2016 9:48 PM

    Bad decision. There is clearly more to thus than meets the eye. But, hopefully all will work out well.

  21. jamezz23 says: Feb 16, 2016 9:52 PM

    Man this sucks, we loved bell here in Detroit… Wasn’t like he was making a bunch of money either, so I don’t buy the cap casualty for a reason to be cut. Let’s face it, unless you’re elite, RB is the easiest position to replace, he’ll pick up another gig, hope the best for him

  22. I'm Tyrone says: Feb 16, 2016 10:24 PM

    Cut the Joique’s! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  23. ohand16 says: Feb 16, 2016 10:48 PM

    The Bills should never have cut him years ago.

  24. dkalev says: Feb 16, 2016 11:13 PM

    I hope he goes to Pitt and becomes a one two punch with the other Bell RB… That should be confusing a bit if they choose their numbers right

  25. ivanpavlov0000 says: Feb 17, 2016 12:35 AM

    The pride of Wayne State University. There’s no reason to hang your head Joique. You exceeded expectation and then some. Too bad you caught the injury bug, but it happens.

    He’ll land someplace where they need a backup RB. And that team will get a lot more than a backup.

  26. vikingforlife says: Feb 17, 2016 9:30 AM

    Best of luck to Mr. Bell. RBs REALLY do not get the respect they deserve in this league anymore. Teams use and abuse, then say good-bye. This by far has been and will always be my favorite position to watch. I really hope you get in somewhere where you can show how good I know you can be. I’ve had my eye on you, and I know if that injury bug hadn’t hit, better things would’ve happened….

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