Joique Bell

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Joique Bell
Joique Bell warming up before a Detroit Lions football game on 2013-09-29.jpg
Bell playing for the Lions in 2013.
No. 35 Detroit Lions
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-08-04) August 4, 1986 (age 29)
Place of birth: Benton Harbor, Michigan
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 229 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school: Benton Harbor (MI)
College: Wayne State
Undrafted: 2010
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
Rushing attempts: 471
Rushing yards: 1,924
Rushing TDs: 18
Stats at

Joique Dewayne Bell, Jr. (born August 4, 1986) is an American football running back for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. He was signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He played college football at Wayne State.

Bell has also played for the Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts, and New Orleans Saints.

College career[edit]

As a senior, Bell was the winner of the Harlon Hill Trophy, awarded to the Division II player of the year, after he rushed for 2,084 yards and 29 touchdowns.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

Bell was signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He was waived on September 4, 2010 and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[2]

First stint with Eagles[edit]

The Philadelphia Eagles signed Bell off the Bills' practice squad on September 21, 2010. He was waived on November 9.[3]

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Bell was claimed off waivers by the Colts on November 10, 2010. He played in five games for the Colts before he was waived on December 14 in order to make room for offensive tackle Michael Toudouze.[3]

Second stint with Eagles[edit]

Bell was re-signed to the Philadelphia Eagles' practice squad on December 16, 2010.[3]

New Orleans Saints[edit]

Bell was signed off the Eagles' practice squad by the New Orleans Saints on January 5, 2011 before the playoffs began. He was released on September 20, 2011, and re-signed to the Saints' practice squad the following day.

Detroit Lions[edit]

On December 26, 2011, Bell was signed by the Detroit Lions.[4] He played his first game with the Lions on September 9, 2012,[5] and appeared in all 16 games of the 2012 season, compiling 414 rushing yards on 82 carries (5.0 average) with three rushing touchdowns. He also hauled in 52 receptions for 485 yards; 28 of his receptions were for first downs.[6]

He was re-signed by the Lions in April, 2013.[7] He again played all 16 games for Detroit, finishing with 650 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns. Bell also caught 53 passes for 547 yards, as he and teammate Reggie Bush (54 receptions, 506 yards) became the first running back tandem in NFL history to both top 500 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in a season.

On March 11, 2014, he signed a two-year, $7 million contract extension with $4.3 million in guaranteed money.[8] Combined with the second round tender he signed worth $2.187 million, he is under contract for three years and $9.3 million overall.[9]


Bell was born in Benton Harbor, Michigan and majored in criminal justice at Wayne State.[10] While a student at Wayne State, Bell worked as a security guard at the Detroit Lions' training camp.[11]


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