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 the 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.
Bell was released by the Bears on Monday, Field Yates of ESPN.com reports.
With Jeremy Langford (ankle) sidelined, Bell was operating as an additional body behind Jordan Howard and Ka'Deem Carey in the backfield, but was able to carry the ball just three times for six yards over four games. The 30-year-old veteran should field some interest while on the open free agent market, although no matter where he signs, he'll likely struggle to get significant carries.
Bell carried three times for six yards Sunday against the Lions.
After being signed earlier in the week to give the Bears backfield depth, Bell saw time on the field when Jordan Howard briefly had to leave with a minor injury. Bell will likely continue to see a few carries per game until either Ka'Deem Carey (hamstring) or Jeremy Langford (ankle) return to action.
Bell is signing with the Bears on Tuesday, GQ's Rand Getlin reports.
With Jeremy Langford (ankle) facing an extended absence and Ka'Deem Carey (hamstring) potentially also unavailable, the Bears will turn to a player who is familiar to NFC North fans. Bell spent the first four years of his career with Detroit, serving as the team's lead back for much of 2013 and 2014, though he mostly worked in a part-time role in 2012 and 2015. Given Chicago's injury woes, Bell could have an immediate role in the backfield, though he's unlikely to leapfrog rookie Jordan Howard. This isn't too much of a concern for the rookie's owners, as Bell is 30 years old and will have to learn a new playbook.
Prior to releasing the running back, the Lions offered Bell an opportunity to stay with the team at a reduced rate, which he declined, mlive.com reports.
The move saved the Lions $2.5 million against the team's 2016 salary cap. That said, Bell, who turns 30 in August, hasn't ruled out a potential return to Detroit, but before such a notion is entertained, he'll explore his options as a free agent. Bell is coming off a 2015 campaign in which he averaged just 3.5 yards on 90 carries over the span of 13 contests.
The Lions released Bell on Tuesday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
In a cost-cutting move, the Lions have decided to move on from Bell, who burst onto the scene during the 2012 season. His production on both the ground and through the air spurred the sides to agree to a two-year extension during the 2014 offseason. However, injuries afflicted him throughout the past campaign, as he managed 90 carries for 311 yards, 22 receptions (on 27 targets) for 286 yards, and four touchdowns across 13 appearances. The 29-year-old back will now aim to join another organization, though a change-of-pace role is likely his ceiling at this point in his career.
Bell wrapped up the 2015 season with 311 yards and four touchdowns on 90 carries and 22 catches for another 286 yards.
For many of Bell's teammates, production started coming along after the Lions' switch at coordinator. Bell started coming around at the same time, but his improvements likely had more to do with getting healthy after battling knee and ankle injuries. Bell was the only Lions back to rack up over 100 total yards in a game, Week 15 against New Orleans, and his four touchdowns also led Detroit backs. Detroit has a lot of talented youth running back, including Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner, so Bell and his contract could be a cap casualty. If he stays, expect for him to continue to be featured in goal-line situations.
Bell caught both of his targets for 49 yards and added three carries for nine yards in Sunday's win over the Bears.
Bell's five touches tied a season low. The veteran back had tallied between seven and eight carries with two catches in each of the five games leading into Sunday. During that time he scored three of his four touchdowns on the season. With younger, cheaper options available in Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner, it wouldn't be a surprise if Bell, who will turn 30 in August, spends next season on another team. Should he move on, he could be considered a value as a goal-line back.
Bell carried the ball seven times for 13 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the 49ers. He added nine receiving yards on two catches.
Bell powered his way up the middle for a 1-yard score in the second quarter, his second touchdown in as many weeks. Bell may have crashed back down to earth with 22 total yards on Sunday after a combined 176 in the previous two weeks, but he has also removed any doubt as to who the Lions' goal-line back is. Bell leads Detroit's three-headed rushing attack with four touchdowns despite his 107 total touches ranking behind those of Ameer Abdullah, 157, and Theo Riddick, 117.
Bell rushed eight times for 71 yards and a touchdown, and caught two passes (on three targets) for 30 yards in Monday night's win over the Saints.
Bell's season-high rushing total was supported by a game-long 36-yard run Monday, which also marked his longest rush of the season. What's more, Bell found the end zone for just the third time this year thanks to a one-yard touchdown plunge during the fourth quarter. After topping 100 all-purpose yards Monday night, Bell will hope for another impressive outing at home Sunday against the 49ers.
Bell rushed for 50 yards on seven carries and added 25 yards through the air on two catches in Sunday's loss to St. Louis.
Bell seems to have found a more consistent, productive role over the past three weeks - touching the ball either nine or 10 times in each matchup and posting his two best games in terms of total yardage in the process. That doesn't necessarily make him a worth-while fantasy contributor, however. Bell has still found the end zone just once since Week 3 and it's hard to put too much faith in any member of Detroit's backfield from week to week given the ever-changing dynamics of the group.
Bell caught two passes off of two targets for 25 yards and added added five rushing yards on eight carries in Thursday's loss to Green Bay.
Bell has tallied more receiving yards than rushing yards in three of his past four outings and trails rookie Ameer Abdullah in total carries over the past three weeks 41 to 21. Becoming more of a receiving threat isn't necessarily the best path for Bell from a fantasy perspective considering his teammate Theo Riddick leads all NFL backs in catches. At this point in the season, it seems as though Abdullah has carved a role as the team's top runner, Riddick is the passing-downs back and Bell has been the third man - sans a consistent role.
Bell rushed for 25 yards and a touchdown on seven carries and added two catches and 57 yards through the air in Thursday's win over the Eagles.
Thursday's game featured Bell's first score since Week 3 and his 82 total yards were 26 more than any previous game this season. The stats don't necessarily show an accurate picture, however. Bell's touchdown and 56 of his total yards came after halftime, with the Lions up by multiple scores. He managed only three touches in the first half when the game was not yet in hand. Those who used their soothsaying skills to put Bell in their lineup on Thursday can count themselves lucky, but there is little reason for others to climb aboard. Rookie Ameer Abdullah more than doubled Bell's touches and, as the season continues, Bell will continue to have to compete with Theo Riddick for time behind Abdullah.
Bell ran for 22 yards on six carries in Sunday's win over the Raiders. He was targeted once and delivered a 18-yard reception.
One week after tallying a season-high 14 carries in the Lions' Week 10 win over Green Bay, Bell snapped back to reality with six carries - his average coming into Week 10. The Lions are owners of the league's worst rushing offense and Bell, despite entering the year as the team's starter, has not provided many answers. Bell has led the Lions in carries in three of the seven games in which he has played, with rookie Ameer Abdullah leading the team in carries six times in 10 games. The safe money is on that trend continuing, with the rookie getting the bulk of the carries with Bell and Theo Riddick filling in behind.
Bell (shoulder) is active Sunday against the Raiders.
Bell was limited in practice Wednesday but was a full participant Thursday and Friday. He continues to lead the backfield, though the touches are split with Ameer Adbullah and Theo Riddick, the latter of which gets the most looks on passing downs.
Bell (shoulder) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Raiders.
Bell followed Wednesday's limited showing with full practices Thursday and Friday. The Lions have talked about getting Ameer Abdullah more involved, but with the team still bothered by the rookie's fumbling issues, Bell is expected to lead the backfield in Sunday's game. Theo Riddick will handle the passing-down role, which has actually been more lucrative than the early-down role this season.