Joique Bell Injury: Updates on Lions RB's Ankle, Likely Return Date

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 17, 2013

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 17: Joique Bell
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After a big start to his Week 11 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell was forced out of action with an ankle injury:

Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com reports that Bell is questionable to return:

Bell questionable to return with ankle injury. #DETvsPIT

— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) November 17, 2013

The versatile player was having a huge day through three quarters, rushing for 49 yards and a touchdown on nine carries. He also added 48 receiving yards on three catches.

Meanwhile, starting running back Reggie Bush struggled to move the ball with only 31 rushing yards on 12 carries midway through the fourth quarter.   

Despite not returning to action, after the game, head coach Jim Schwartz said that Bell could have returned to action if necesary (via the Lions):

Schwartz says Joique Bell was cleared to return to the game even though he didn’t. #DETvsPIT

— Detroit Lions (@DetroitLionsNFL) November 17, 2013

The running back revealed after the game that he's dealing with tendonitis and couldn't return (via Kyle Meinke of MLive.com):

"I was carrying a couple defenders," Bell said while sitting on a stool in front of his locker. "The injury has been bothering me for quite some time. I've just been dealing with it. But it kind of got to me on that play."

Bell is in the midst of a solid all-around season for the Lions, entering the week with 277 rushing yards and a team-high four rushing touchdowns. He also ranks fourth on the roster in both catches and receiving yards as a solid complement to Bush in the backfield. As a result, he has established himself as one of the top handcuffs in fantasy football.

If he is out for a significant amount of time, it will likely lead to a heavier workload for Bush going forward. The Lions also have Mikel Leshoure listed third on the depth chart.

 

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