Bell tells Detroit Lions rookie RB Ameer Abdullah to 'sleep on the playbook'
JUN 22, 2:06p ET | FOX Sports
Rotowire: Jun 30 / 8:53a ET
News: Bell, who has spent the offseason resting his knee and Achilles, is expected to return to the field in time for the start of training camp, MLive.com reports.
Impact: Moreover, Bell doesn't seem concerned about his ailments, setting some fantasy-friendly goals in the process. "I'm going to rush for over 1,200 yards," Bell noted. "That's the minimum. If I do less than that, I'll be surprised. I'll be disappointed." While we'll take his projections with a bit of a grain of salt for now, it is encouraging that Bell is on track to be ready for training camp, at which time he'll resume work atop a Detroit backfield that now also includes second-rounder Ameer Abdullah, a speedy back who should work in a complementary role at a minimum, as well as returnee Theo Riddick, who is in line to contribute as a pass-catching back.
Rotowire: Jun 4 / 2:16p ET
News: Bell (knee/Achilles) still isn't participating in OTAs, the Lions' official website reports.
Impact: Bell had minor surgeries on his knee and Achilles in January, but there hasn't been any indication that he's in danger of missing training camp. If he's still unavailable for mandatory minicamp (June 16-18), it might be time to start taking his absence more seriously. For now, Bell is still on track to lead the Detroit backfield, with Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah expected to mostly contribute in the passing game.
Rotowire: May 27 / 9:34a ET
News: Bell (knee/Achilles) didn't participate in Wednesday's OTAs, Tim Twentyman of Detroitlions.com reports.
Impact: Bell underwent minor surgery to clean up his knee and Achilles tendon in January, so his absence from Wednesday's OTA session could well be maintenance-related. With Reggie Bush no longer in the mix, Bell currently slots in as the Lions' No. 1 running back, with Ameer Abdullah, the 54th overall pick in the NFL draft, a candidate to push him for the starting job at some point down the road, the Detroit Free Press reports. Meanwhile, Theo Riddick is also on hand and appears poised to contribute as a pass-catcher out of the Detroit backfield.