• by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Lions running back Joique Bell will not play Monday

    Lions running back Joique Bell (ankle) has been ruled out of Monday's game against the Seahawks, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.Bell has been incredibly underwhelming thus far, averaging just 2.5 yards per touch and 1.1 yard per rush. Rookie Ameer Abdullah and third-down back Theo Riddick should get increased touches against a tough Seahawks rush defense Monday in Bell's absence.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Lions RB Joique Bell (ankle) in danger of missing Week 4

    Lions running back Joique Bell (ankle) missed practice again on Friday and is in jeopardy of sitting out in Week 4, the Detroit Free Press reports.Despite finding the end zone in Week 3, Bell has been downright unpleasant to watch thus far, averaging an abysmal 2.5 yards per touch and 1.1 yards per rush. He has been a starter in name only through three weeks, his 61 offensive snaps trailing the 86 rookie Ameer Abdullah has logged and narrowly leading third-down back Theo Riddick's 58. Though his size and physical running style make him Detroit's defacto goal-line back, his level of production shouldn't be missed by fantasy owners or the Lions if he is held out on Monday.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Lions running back Theo Riddick hauls in eight passes Sunday

    Lions running back Theo Riddick caught eight passes for 66 yards on 10 targets in Sunday's 24-12 loss to the Broncos. With the Lions playing from behind again, Riddick finished second on the team in targets, despite playing just 16 snaps, according to Pro Football Focus. He does seem to draw targets on an unusually high percentage of his limited snaps, but Sunday's mark of 63 percent is still far beyond what's sustainable, and he only has one carry this season.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Lions RB Theo Riddick's role on offense unlikely to change

    While Lions running backs Theo Riddick had a 21-yard touchdown catch in the season opener against the Chargers, his offensive reps were limited. He didn't enter the game until there were 4 minutes left in the second quarter. He also had no carries and both of his catches came late in the fourth quarter when the game was essentially decided. Riddick finished with only eight offensive snaps, and as along as Joique Bell and rookie Ameer Abdullah are healthy, his role on offense likely won't change. "When he gets the ball in his hands, he's pretty dangerous," coach Jim Caldwell said, per MLive.com. "But then the other thing is, we have a number of guys that you're looking at. I think that's the thing that we have to manage."

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Lions RB Theo Riddick receives TD pass in Week 1 loss

    Lions running back Theo Riddick caught his first touchdown pass of the new season, but Detroit fell to the Chargers 33-28 in Sunday's season opener. Riddick caught both pass attempts to him, including a 21-yard score at the end of the 4th quarter. He received a total of 37 yards in Sunday's defeat. The Lions will head to Minnesota to take on the Vikings for Week 2 action.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Ameer Abdullah opens season as third-string running back

    The Lions released their first unofficial depth chart of the 2015 season Tuesday, and surprisingly rookie running back Ameer Abdullah was listed as third-string behind starter Joique Bell and Theo Riddick. Abdullah had a fairly productive preseason, as he finished second on the team in rushing (82 yards) and averaged 6.8 yards per carry. He also had one catch for 21 yards.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Joique Bell, Theo Riddick a 'work in progress' for Lions

    Even though the Lions are considering drafting a running back, the team will depend on Joique Bell and Theo Riddick for a large portion of the running game this season. GM Joe Lombardi called the veteran tandem a "work in progress". "Joique we love. He's a tough guy. Runs hard. Just keeping him healthy will be key," Lombardi said, per NFL.com. "I'm very excited for Theo (Riddick) and have been since I first got here. I think we're going to see great things from him."

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Lions' Caldwell expects Theo Riddick to have large role in 2015

    Lions coach Jim Caldwell expects running back Theo Riddick to help boost a rushing attack that ranked 28th in 2014 and cut Reggie Bush after the season, MLive.com reports. "We try and give (the ball) to the guys who are going to do something with it, and I think he's going to be one of those guys who's going to force us to give him the ball more," Caldwell said last week at the NFL owners meetings. "I think you're really going to see him come along." Riddick rushed for 51 yards on 20 carries in 2014 and added 316 yards and four touchdowns on 34 catches. "I can't tell you he's going to carry the ball 50 more times, or I can't tell you he's going to get the ball thrown to him 30 more times, until we have a chance to work through this gauntlet. Know what I mean?" Caldwell said. "When we get to the end of the gauntlet, then maybe I can give you a little more of a view. But I'm never going to tell you, 'Hey, we expect this guy to do this or that.' What role he plays, how much he's going to get it, kind of depends on how well we move the ball and how many opportunities we get, what kind of game it is, are we playing great defense, that kind of thing."But I will say that he's going to improve. He has all the qualities. Here's the thing -- if you're smart, if you're tough, if you're disciplined, if you have a great work ethic, there's improvement ahead. And he has all those things. So I think he's going to improve, and I think he's going to force us to get him the ball a little bit more in some situations."

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Lions RB Joique Bell (Achilles) might miss NFC North showdown

    The Lions might not have running back Joique Bell for Sunday's key game at Green Bay, reports MLive.com. Bell has been limited in practice this week with an Achilles injury, and coach Jim Caldwell said only, "We'll see," when asked about Bell's status. Bell leads Detroit with 800 rushing yards and eight total touchdowns. He's averaged at least 4.0 yards per carry in four straight games, scoring five times in that span. If he can't play, Reggie Bush would start and Theo Riddick and George Winn would get increased snaps, the report said. Detroit is a 7.5-point underdog in the game that will decide the division title.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Quartet of Lions contribute to win over Bears

    Several backs and receivers played minor roles Sunday for the Lions in a defeat of Chicago that raised their record to 11-4. Among them was running back Theo Riddick, who caught two passes for 10 yards. Wideout Jeremy Ross chipped in with a catch for 11 yards. Running backs Jed Collins and George Winn combined for two carries and eight yards.