RB Joique Bell dives for a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders during the 2011 preseason game (Courtesy of sportsnola.com)

Detroit Lions sign RB Joique Bell off New Orleans Saints practice squad

In a move that might signify that the Detroit Lions have some injuries at running back, they have signed a promising player from the New Orleans Saints practice squad.

Running back Joique Bell was signed by the Lions to their active roster today in a move that I hate to see, yet know it’s in the best interest of Bell.

The Lions have been thin at this position because of injury and the Saints are actually stocked.

Bell was signed by the Saints in January of this year right before the playoffs because of their own injury filled backfield.

The Saints have the opposite problem this year with three healthy running backs and a fourth that is almost back at 100%.

The Lions are fixing to make their playoff run and it looks like they are taking a page out of the Saints playbook to fix their running back issue.

Bell has also been a member of the Buffalo Bills, Philadelphia Eagles, and Indianapolis Colts.  Most of this time has been spent on practice squads.

He had an excellent training camp and preseason with the Saints and was hoping to crack the active roster.  However, the return of Chris Ivory edged him out and he was signed to the practice squad.

His development was being closely watched by the Saints and fans alike since he showed great promise.  Bell’s slip and dip running style almost mimicked RB Pierre Thomas and he developed a small following.

He played for Wayne State until 2010 where he entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent.

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