Lions sign RB Joique Bell and cut RB Aaron Brown

The Detroit Lions have signed running back Joique Bell and

released running back Aaron Brown.

Detroit confirms the move Tuesday.

The Lions may use Bell on Sunday at Green Bay to rest Kevin

Smith, who has been slowed by a sprained right ankle.

Bell was on New Orleans’ practice squad this year after leading

the Saints with 182 yards rushing on 31 carries during the

preseason. He spent time last year as a rookie with Buffalo,

Philadelphia and Indianapolis. The former Wayne State star won the

2009 Harlon Hill Trophy, which honors the top player in Division II


Brown had one carry in one game for the Lions after rejoining

the team last month. Detroit drafted him in 2009 and he played 21

games over his first two seasons.