The Detroit Lions utilized a two-headed rushing attack as anyone in the NFL last season. Starting back Reggie Bush finished the year with over 1,000 yards on the ground and caught 54 passes out of the backfield, while Joique Bell added more than 50 receptions and 650 yards of his own on the ground.
The health of that pairing is always a concern,though.
Both backs have missed time the past few seasons and now Bell may not enter training camp healthy.
According to MLive, it is unclear at this point whether Bell will be ready to go for mandatory minicamp or not because of an injured knee. The minicamp runs from June 10-12.
Despite the reports about Bell’s timetable for a return, he expressed optimism that he will be good to go for the start of training camp. However, Bell would not say whether or not he had surgery on the knee.
Bell’s health if of the utmost importance to the Lions’ offense, perhaps more so than any backup in the league.
Reggie Bush is not a bruising, full-time back. Bell is often counted on to carry the heavy runs, for short yardage and at the goal line. His ability to catch passes with that skill set makes him even more valuable.
It doesn’t sound like Bell will be out all summer, but his ambiguity about the knee is a bit of a red flag.