The Detroit Lions have to be happy about the way running back Joique Bell is feeling right about now. The runner told MLive.com that he is “feeling great” and “feeling 100%”.
Bell injured his knee prior to the start of the teams mini-camp and missed both the camp and the teams OTA’s, organized training activities. Bell was cleared about two weeks ago to return to full speed running and now is expected to be fully ready for the start of training camp later this month.
Bell signed a two year extension with the Lions the past off-season. Detroit signed Bell to a two-year, $7 million contract extension that included a $4.3 million guarantee. Bell received more guaranteed money than Reggie Bush received last year.
The two runners are important to the Detroit Lion offense that features top wide-receiver Calvin Johnson and quarterback Matt Stafford. Bell combined for over 1,000 yards combined last season and has proven to be a reliable pass-catching running back. He caught 53 passes last season. The Lions like the rotation of Bell and Bush who contributed 1,500 combined yards last season.
Bell is considered a decent option in most fantasy leagues as well and his return to the field should help increase his fantasy draft stock. Rotoworld.com has his current value resting in the 5th round of fantasy drafts but that could increase through training camp.
Bell is entering his fourth season in the NFL. He split time with both Indianapolis and Philadelphia in 2010 before joining the New Orleans Saints in 2011. He finished 2011 with the Lions.