Achilles injury doesn’t keep Joique Bell from practicing


The Lions give playing time to several different running backs, but Joique Bell is clearly at the top of the pecking order with 210 of the team’s 373 rushing attempts this season.

No other back has more than 71 carries, so the Lions would have to seriously boost someone’s role in the event that Bell isn’t able to play against the Packers on Sunday. Coach Jim Caldwell left that possibility open on Thursday.

Bell was a participant in practice after being listed as limited by an Achilles injury on Wednesday’s injury report, but Caldwell only said, via Tim Twentyman of the team’s website, that “we’ll see” when asked if Bell would be able to be in the lineup on Sunday. Bell missed one game earlier this year with a concussion and George Winn saw the most carries, although Reggie Bush and Theo Riddick would also be options for bigger roles if Bell were to miss another game.

Bell’s the only big injury concern for the Lions this week. Defensive tackle Nick Fairley was the only player to miss practice and it seems unlikely that he’ll be returning after missing the last seven games with a knee injury.

8 responses to “Achilles injury doesn’t keep Joique Bell from practicing

  1. Well not EVERY family always gets to celebrate the holidays on Christmas with in-laws, divorces, and other factors including jobs.

    You plan around it whether it be Christmas Eve, day after Christmas or a week ago in some cases.

    There was a lady who had a son that was equipment manager. She was really bummed he had to work on Christmas Day, a couple years ago. However she also thought that it was VERY cool that when the team won the Super Bowl, that he also got a ring.

  2. I am glad Caldwell gave the players a choice to miss practice on Christmas, but I am also glad the Lions players didn’t want to change their schedule. It shows me they really want this game, and maybe they finally get it.

    If they do and have a first round bye anything can happen. Who knows maybe Seattle will lose to the Rams as they overlook them.

  3. Yea it was left to a players decision. In any event hopefully Bell is ready to beast on some cheesey defense. Establishing a running game is extra critical this week as we cant be passing every down with two unseasoned rookies starting on the O line. And no, I dont have confidence in reggie to get the tough yards.

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