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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:08:17 -0700
Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said RBs Reggie Bush and Joique Bell likely will receive similar workloads this upcoming season than they did during the 2013 season. Bush played 54 percent of the offensive snaps in 2013 while Bell participated in 49 percent of the snaps.
Fantasy Tip: Bush and Bell likely will be offensive factors in 2014 as long as they are able to stay healthy. Both could be considered No. 2 or No. 3 running backs for owners this upcoming season based on the matchup.
Thu, 10 Apr 2014 07:33:29 -0700
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush said he is fine with a potentially smaller workload in 2014. RB Joique Bell is expected to cut into Bush's workload more this season.
Fantasy Tip: Bush's value could begin to plummet this season at the age of 29. He still remains a good RB2 in PPR leagues, but Bell is starting to emerge. He's a good RB3 with potential for more.
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:15:29 -0700
Updating a previous report, the Detroit Lions re-signed RB Joique Bell to a three-year, $9.3 million contract contract Tuesday, March 11, which includes $4.3 million in guaranteed money.
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 09:44:09 -0700
The Detroit Lions re-signed RB Joique Bell to a two-year, $7 million contract with $4.3 million guaranteed.
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 05:19:23 -0700
The Detroit Lions are close to signing restricted free-agent RB Joique Bell to a long-term deal.
Tue, 04 Feb 2014 10:23:22 -0800
The Detroit Lions are likely to offer RB Joique Bell a second-round tender worth $2-$3 million. Both sides could try to work out a long term deal in the offseason.
Sat, 01 Feb 2014 08:37:08 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush said he believes re-signing restricted free-agent RB Joique Bell is one of the team's top priorities this offseason. "Yeah, it's important to get him back," Bush said. "He's a great player and he will be in the league a long time. He runs hard and I love having him. That will be an important offseason signing for us."
Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:23:54 -0800
Detroit Lions restricted free-agent RB Joique Bell said he hopes to sign a long-term deal with the team before the start of free agency. The Lions are expected to at least give him a first- or second-round tender offer.
Fri, 10 Jan 2014 17:11:35 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell, a restricted free agent, might push RB Reggie Bush for the starting job in 2014 if he is re-signed. "I have no question he could start," former offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said Friday, Jan. 10. "He's a guy that can handle a pretty heavy load. The thing about him is he has versatility to do that. He can be in the role we have him now (or he can) start a game. He's a guy that can go out there and get 100 yards for you running the football as well as produce in the passing game."
Fantasy Tip: Bell is an interesting fantasy option to watch for 2014. If he returns to Detroit, he could be a player to watch. However, Detroit's offense will change with a new regime, so there is a lot of uncertainty until the team hires a staff and gets back onto the field in the spring.
Fri, 27 Dec 2013 15:46:56 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (knee) was limited in practice Friday, Dec. 27, but is probable for Week 17.
Thu, 26 Dec 2013 14:53:03 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.
Wed, 25 Dec 2013 18:20:08 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 25.
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 09:55:46 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (calf) said he expects to play in the team's Week 15 game. Bush said he is not sure how he aggravated his calf injury during pregame warmups last week.
Fantasy Tip: Bush should be in all starting lineups if he is able to play. There's a decent chance Bush will be limited, sharing touches with Joique Bell, who could remain a flex play in point-per-reception leagues, even if Bush is in the lineup.
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 17:58:54 -0800
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (calf) aggravated his calf injury during pregame warmups in Week 14 against the Philadelphia Eagles, and he did not play. Because Bush's injury happened so late, the team had just two active running backs, RBs Joique Bell and Theo Riddick.
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 10:03:29 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell started at running back in the team's Week 14 game.
Thu, 05 Dec 2013 10:00:39 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (calf) did some very light individual work in practice Thursday, Dec. 5. Bush did not do any cutting on his injured calf in practice.
Fantasy Tip: While it can be seen as good that Bush was able to do anything at all, the idea that he was unable to do much and did not do any cutting on the injured calf is concerning. Joique Bell would carry the load if Bush can't go and could be a decent play.
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 08:55:20 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (calf) sat out of practice Wednesday, Dec. 4.
Fantasy Tip: Bush's inclusion on the injury report is only notably because it's his calf and not the knee that has held him out of practices earlier this year. We don't know the extent of the injury, so keep tabs on his status the rest of the week. Joique Bell could be a decent flex play if Bush is limited at all against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Sun, 24 Nov 2013 08:38:33 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (Achilles') is active for the team's Week 12 game.
Fantasy Tip: Bell probably should not be considered as more than a flex option for owners this week.
Fri, 22 Nov 2013 13:36:00 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (Achilles') fully participated in practice and is questionable for Week 12.
Thu, 21 Nov 2013 08:43:05 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (Achilles') practiced Thursday, Nov. 21.
Wed, 20 Nov 2013 15:36:23 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (Achilles'), CB Jonte Green (illness) and S Glover Quin (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 20. DE Ziggy Ansah (ankle), CB Dwight Bentley (knee), S Louis Delmas (knee), DT Andre Fluellen (thigh), DE Israel Idonije (knee) and TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee) all were limited. T Corey Hilliard (knee) fully practiced.
Wed, 20 Nov 2013 09:54:23 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (ankle) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.
Tue, 19 Nov 2013 12:37:19 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (ankle) and S Glover Quin (ankle) are not dealing with season-ending injuries. "They're all short-term, day-to-day, week-to-week guys," head coach Jim Schwartz said. CB Chris Houston (hand) also left the Week 11 game with a hand injury but returned.
Tue, 19 Nov 2013 12:20:19 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick, who has a similar running style to RB Reggie Bush, saw more playing time in Week 11 against the Pittsburgh Steelers after Bush lost his second fumble in the last three games. However, head coach Jim Schwartz refuses to say that Bush was benched in the contest. "It was just a couple of plays," Schwartz said. "We didn't have Joique Bell at that time, he had gone out of the game. Reggie had been taking a lot of reps. We wanted to take a little bit of that load off of him. It wasn't more than anything there."
Sun, 17 Nov 2013 14:51:23 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (ankle) suffered an ankle injury in the Week 11 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Fri, 08 Nov 2013 09:52:29 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush, who rushed for 139 yards in his first meeting with the Chicago Bears this year, knows that their weakness is stopping the run and is ready to exploit it again. "We feel like there is some room for us to take advantage of them in the run game. We just have to make sure we go in and play fundamentally sound," Bush said. Chicago is allowing 127.5 rushing yards per game this season, ranking them 29th in the league. They've allowed 408 rushing yards in their last two games.
Fantasy Tip: Bush and the Lions will surely attack Chicago on the ground repeatedly, and they should have a good deal of success, making Bush a very strong play this weekend. Joique Bell should see valuable touches, too, making him a consideration as a flex in deeper leagues.
Sun, 20 Oct 2013 08:46:40 -0700
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (ribs) is active for the team's Week 7 game.
Fri, 18 Oct 2013 15:08:14 -0700
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (rib) was limited during practice Friday, Oct. 18, and is listed as questionable for Week 7.
Fantasy Tip: Bell was able to practice this week but is dealing with a lot of pain from his rib injury. Bell should be considered a risky flex play this week because of the injury. Bell could be a better gamble in point-per-reception leagues but would still be very risky.
Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:45:36 -0700
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (ribs) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 17.
Wed, 16 Oct 2013 15:01:56 -0700
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (ribs) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 16. Bell is still dealing with pain and felt a rib "pop" in Week 6 against the Cleveland Browns. X-rays on his ribs came back negative. Bell wanted to test his ribs Wednesday and will try using a chest protector in practice Thursday, Oct. 17, and will likely wear it in Week 7 if he plays. If he doesn't play, RB Mikel Leshoure will likely be active and serve as the backup to RB Reggie Bush.
Fantasy Tip: Lower your expectations a bit if Bell plays through the pain. He remains more intriguing in point-per-reception affairs and as a handcuff to oft-injured Bush.
Wed, 16 Oct 2013 09:10:51 -0700
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (ribs) is participating in practice Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Sun, 13 Oct 2013 20:01:40 -0700
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (ribs) had X-rays taken after the Week 6 game against the Cleveland Browns due to a rib injury. The X-rays were negative, and he is expected to be re-evaluated Monday, Oct. 14. "I played another play to see if I could go through with it and I couldn't," Bell said after the game.
Sun, 13 Oct 2013 14:38:26 -0700
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (ribs) had X-rays after the Week 6 game against the Cleveland Browns due to an injury to his ribs. The X-rays were negative. He said Sunday, Oct. 13, that he was still in pain in the locker room after the game.
Sun, 06 Oct 2013 17:09:16 -0700
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (knees) had ice packs on both of his knees following the Week 5 game against the Green Bay Packers.
Fri, 27 Sep 2013 15:16:29 -0700
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (knee) practiced in full Friday, Sept. 27, and is probable for Week 4.
Fantasy Tip: Nothing unexpected here. Bush should be a full go this weekend against the Chicago Bears. That tempers the value of Joique Bell to a flex play in deeper leagues.
Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:43:02 -0700
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz is non-committal on the status of RB Reggie Bush (knee) for the team's Week 4 against the Chicago Bears. Bush said he feels fine and would have played in Week 3 against the Washington Redskins if it were a playoff game. RB Joique Bell had 63 rushing yards and a touchdown and added four catches for 69 yards against the 'Skins. RB Theo Riddick also saw some action out of the backfield.
Fantasy Tip: Monitor Bush's status this week in practice. If he plays Sunday, he's a must-start.
Mon, 23 Sep 2013 09:51:10 -0700
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (knee) said he could have played in Week 3 against the Washington Redskins if it were a playoff game. "I feel good, man," Bush said. "Honestly, I could have played today but it was coaches and doctors that decided it was best to sit this one out. Just to not risk any further injury. If it was a playoff game, I would have been in there." Bush said he'll be 100 percent healthy and ready to go in Week 4 against the Chicago Bears.
Fantasy Tip: Be ready to get Bush back into your lineups next weekend. However, he remains a big injury risk, and Detroit could spell him more often with Bell, who had a productive day Sunday. Joique Belll should be owned in all leagues and remains a nice flex play, even with Bush playing.
Sun, 22 Sep 2013 21:47:05 -0700
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell carried 20 times for 63 yards in Week 4 against the Washington Redskins, making the start with RB Reggie Bush (knee) sidelined. Bell added four catches for 69 yards.
Fantasy Tip: Bush vows to play in Week 4, but Bell should still be in line for plenty of touches. Still, if Bush is back, Bell's fantasy value is diminished. Consider him an RB3 or flex play in standard leagues of 12 or more fantasy teams, and treat him as an RB2 or flex option in leagues which reward points per reception (PPR).
Sun, 22 Sep 2013 06:37:04 -0700
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (knee) is not expected to play in the team's Week 3 game due to the knee injury. Bush is expected to return in Week 4.
Fantasy Tip: Get Joique Bell into your starting lineups for Week 3, as he will likely get most of the work out of the backfield. Theo Riddick could also see time on third downs as a pass catcher out of the backfield.
Sun, 22 Sep 2013 06:19:40 -0700
The Detroit Lions may hold out RB Reggie Bush (knee) from playing in Week 3 as a precaution due to swelling. Bush is pushing to play.
Fantasy Tip: This one may go right to kickoff, keep an eye on the inactive list to see if Bush dresses, but be prepared to go with Joique Bell if he canít go.
Fri, 20 Sep 2013 15:04:49 -0700
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell will slide into the leading running back role if RB Reggie Bush (knee) doesn't play in Week 3 against the Washington Redskins. Rookie RB Theo Riddick could then leapfrog RB Mikel Leshoure to be Bell's primary backup. Riddick was the third back in each of the team's first two games while Leshoure was a healthy inactive. Riddick has an advantage because he provides the team with special teams play. "We drafted Theo to come in and have some of the effect that maybe a Reggie might do," offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said. "We were really happy with him doing those things for us in the preseason. If he were called upon, we have all the confidence in the world that he can help us." Riddick doesn't have a touch this year, but he has experience playing in the slot in college.
Fantasy Tip: It wouldn't be wise to start Riddick on blind hope before knowing that Bush is ruled out. Even then, he may not see enough action to justify a starting spot. Leshoure can probably be dropped for now in favor of Riddick, though.
Fri, 20 Sep 2013 13:35:40 -0700
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (knee) returned to practice and was wearing a sleeve on his knee Friday, Sept. 20. He ran routes and caught passes and didn't appear to be favoring his left knee.
Fantasy Tip: This doesn't mean Bush is a lock to play Sunday against the Washington Redskins, but it's a good step for him. Check his practice status later in the day and monitor his progress up until Sunday morning. Regardless of whether Bush plays, Joique Bell should see increased touches and is a strong flex play this week.
Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:30:52 -0700
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (knee) is optimistic about playing in Week 3 against the Washington Redskins and plans to return to practice Friday, Sept. 20. Head coach Jim Schwartz said whether Bush practices will have no effect on if he'll play Sunday, Sept. 22. "I think it's a lot further than I expected and it feels a lot better than I thought it was going to feel. So I'm just happy where it is right now. Today was a very positive day and we'll see what happens tomorrow," Bush said.
Fantasy Tip: Bush and the team are pretty concerned about his knee ailment. You should be, too, if you are a Bush owner. Don't be surprised if Bush is a game-time decision Sunday and doesn't wind up playing. Joique Bell, against a weak Redskins D, is a good play this weekend.
Sun, 08 Sep 2013 08:42:20 -0700
Detroit Lions WR Ryan Broyles (knee) and RB Mikel Leshoure are both inactive for Week 1 against the Minnesota Vikings.
Fantasy Tip: Broyles needs to be owned in all leagues despite being inactive. He should be a valuable weapon for Matthew Stafford when he's on the field and makes for a good WR depth piece. Leshoure is a healthy inactive, which confirms that Joique Bell is the better back to own if you're handcuffing Reggie Bush.
Fri, 23 Aug 2013 13:12:56 -0700
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell had 101 yards of total offense on seven touches in the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 22, playing mostly in the second half. ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert clearly thinks Bell has the upper hand on the No. 2 running back job over RB Mikel Leshoure.
Fantasy Tip: Bell is a more versatile back than Leshoure, and he likely fits the Lions' dynamic offense better. Take his stat line in the second half of the preseason with a grain of salt, though. If you're targeting a handcuff to Reggie Bush, Bell looks like your guy.
Tue, 06 Aug 2013 21:54:42 -0700
Detroit Lions RB Mikel Leshoure (Achilles', hamstring) said Tuesday, Aug. 6, that he didn't have burst, but it had nothing to do with his Achilles' injury from 2011. He suffered a hamstring injury toward the end of the Week 3 game last year, and it lingered with him all season. He is confident his legs are back, and he is out to prove why the team invested a second-round pick on him back in 2011. "I feel lighter and feel a little more of a burst," Leshoure said. "I don't know if that's from the weight (he's dropped five pounds and is currently at 229 pounds) or the fact it's a year under my belt and I have my legs back."
Fantasy Tip: Leshoure can be a No. 1 tailback in the NFL, but injuries have kept him off the field or limited his productivity. He is behind Reggie Bush on the depth chart, and he'll have to contend with Joique Bell for touches, but if things break a certain way, Leshoure could be a very nice sleeper for fantasy owners who are picking him with an average draft position in the 11th or 12th round.
Thu, 27 Jun 2013 12:45:25 -0700
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell is expected to have a role on all four special teams units this season and could be a candidate for the kick returner job.
Fri, 21 Jun 2013 14:13:39 -0700
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell likely will see a decrease in his receptions this season because of the addition of RB Reggie Bush, but he will still have opportunities to make plays. He could push RB Mikel Leshoure for carries at some point.
Sat, 15 Jun 2013 14:10:28 -0700
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said he has been impressed with how RB Joique Bell has worked hard this offseason. "He was on the practice squad for a few years, but when he got the opportunity, he made the most of it last year and he's not letting go. He's really done well and he's increased his special teams knowledge and technique and things like that. It looks like he can contribute in a lot of ways," Schwartz said.
Fri, 17 May 2013 16:00:49 -0700
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell could receive more touches at some point this season if RB Mikel Leshoure does not perform well as the complementary back to RB Reggie Bush.