Joique Bell suffered a bruised rib and left the game against the Cleveland Browns Sunday without returning, but it doesn’t look like he’ll miss much time.
His departure, in addition to the loss of Theo Riddick, opened the door for Mikel Leshoure to earn his first game action of the year. That said, you might consider holding off on grabbing Leshoure off your Fantasy waivers. Bell seems to think he’s going to be back in action relatively quickly.
— Joique Bell (@JoiqueBell) October 14, 2013
There’s nothing official, of course, and getting injury updates from players personally is sometimes unreliable. Everybody pretty much always thinks they’re going to play. Also, “no time” could mean a few days or a few weeks.
Still, it seems like the injury isn’t terribly serious. What this means for Leshoure’s season remains to be seen. He carried the ball twice for nine yards and the team didn’t implode, so maybe the Lions will consider working him into the game plan a little more in coming weeks.
Of course, it doesn’t seem like the refusal to play Leshoure up to this point is an accident. There’s no guarantee he’s out of whatever doghouse he’s found himself in, especially if Bell is healthy. Bell has proven better than Leshoure at everything Leshoure was supposed to be able to do, so if Bell returns to action next week, there shouldn’t be much reason to lean on Leshoure.
That said, with as coy as head coach Jim Schwartz is with injuries, he might not be especially happy that Bell went ahead and announced his own status. Regardless of Bell’s optimism, it’s probably safe to assume a “questionable” designation going into next weekend.