Bell is listed as inactive Monday in Dallas. Bell joins Theo Riddick (wrist) among the Lions' DNPs in Week 16, leaving the backfield in the hands of Dwayne Washington and Zach Zenner. As the regular season draws to a close, Bell will likely require an injury to one of Washington or Zenner in order to get any run in his second stint with the Lions.
Bell did not receive a carry Sunday against the Bears but caught one pass that went for minus-two yards. In his first game back with the Lions, Bell clearly served in a depth role and that was without top dog Theo Riddick (wrist) in the fold. He is likely off the fantasy radar in nearly all formats.
Bell signed with the Lions on Tuesday. Outside of a four-game stint with the Bears, Bell has spent much of the season looking for work, but he will now head back to Detroit for the time being. The Lions likely view him primarily as depth, but it will not take him long to get re-acclimated if he is needed at any point the rest of the way.
Bell was among three running backs to work out for the Packers on Tuesday, but no signing was made, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. On Sunday morning, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that the RB-needy Packers were expected to ink Bell to a deal as early as Monday. However, Ty Montgomery returned from a one-game absence Sunday and fueled a competent ground attack versus the Colts, contributing a team-high 53 yards on seven carries to 116 total for the Packers. With James Starks (knee) growing ever healthier, the coaching staff must be confident that a tried and true running back will be available in the near future, and perhaps as early as Sunday at Tennessee. Even if he's not, Bell seemingly won't be a part of the offensive picture in Green Bay in Week 10.
Bell is expected to sign with the Packers on Monday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Bell has played his entire five-year career in the NFC North, but was cast away by the Bears after appearing in four games (31 total snaps) in 2016. Signing the 30-year-old is likely just a short-term solution for the Packers, who are hopeful James Starks (knee) will return soon from meniscus surgery to fill the void left by the placement of Eddie Lacy (ankle) on IR. The pending signing does little to help Sunday's backfield situation, however, as the team is expected to lean on natural wideout Ty Montgomery at tailback, with Don Jackson and fullback Aaron Ripkowski in line to serve as complementary options. Bell would provide the team with an alternative option, having amassed over 2,200 yards and 22 touchdowns in his NFL career. Keep in mind the Knile Davis situation when considering adding Bell, however, as the team has shown they have no qualms about cutting bait with a back that's not the right fit, especially given the looming return of Starks.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|9||11/07||@Green Bay Packers||25||19.67|
|14||12/10||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||17||17.40|
|17||12/31||Green Bay Packers||25||19.67|
|3 Year Avg||105||392||4||19||202||0||83|