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.