Two days after placing Joique Bell, Jason Jones, and LaAdrian Waddle on the PUP list, Jim Caldwell announced that the Lions have no timetable for Bell’s return. Bell was placed on the PUP list as he continues rehabbing from knee and Achilles surgeries.
Bell ran for a team leading 860 yards last season, and the Lions are expecting him to be a big time contributor in their offense this season. With Ameer Abdullah being in the mix now as well, there is actually optimism for the run game this year.
“From a schematic standpoint, he understands and knows how to run the ball, he knows the system,” Caldwell told the Detroit Free Press. “We’re just majorly concerned right now with, obviously, getting him healthy, and he’s well on his way to that.”
With no Bell for the foreseeable future, Theo Riddick is the top returning running back. He and Abdullah will have their chances to impress the coaching staff, and possibly earn larger roles in the offense. Bell’s fitness level could be in question when he returns, as he has not been able to participate in any off-season activities, but his experience in the scheme should help him avoid any technical issues.
Players on the PUP list can be activated at any point during the preseason. Jones and Waddle are both expected to be activated before the regular season begins on September 13.
Waddle (ACL tear) and Jones (knee scope) are both said to be making excellent progress, and should be activated during training camp.