Joique Bell Concussion Not Confirmed By Jim Caldwell

Posted: Sep 29 2014, 11:46pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Sports News

Joique Bell Concussion Not Confirmed by Jim Caldwell
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Detroit Lions head coach JIm Caldwell will not confirm running back Joique Bell's concussion which he allegedly sustained during the 24-17 win over the New York Jets on Sept. 28.

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell has not yet confirmed if his running back, Joique Bell, suffered a concussion during the 24-17 win over the New York Jets on Sept. 28.

In addition, The Detroit News' Josh Katzenstein says quarterback Matthew Stafford is okay:

"Matthew Stafford is fine after being banged up in the Lions' 24-17 win over the New York Jets Sunday, but his minor injuries were the only ones coach Jim Caldwell would address during his Monday news conference.

"Joique Bell suffered a concussion in the game, but Caldwell refused to confirm the injury, just as he did after the game Sunday.

"'I'm not going to talk about injuries in particular,' he said when asked if Bell went through a protocol for a brain injury. 'I'll leave that up to our injury report. You can take a look at that when it does come out.'

"The Lions' first injury report comes out after practice Wednesday afternoon.

"Bell was on the field for the first play of the fourth quarter, a 1-yard touchdown run by Stafford, but went to the locker room shortly after with what the team called a head injury.

"In the locker room after the game, the team prevented Bell from speaking with the media, which is consistent with the NFL's concussion protocol.

"It's unclear when Bell suffered the injury as he did not incur any contact on his final play. Late in the third quarter, he led with his helmet on a block during Ryan Broyles' 21-yard reception. He also took hits from a few Jets defenders on his final run, a 1-yard gain on the last play of the quarter.

"With the emphasis the NFL has put on concussions, particularly following recent lawsuits, most teams have not disclosed information on brain injuries. Caldwell, though, treated Bell's injury like any other as he's only offered details on season-ending injuries in his first season in Detroit.

"'Only because of the fact that once we start, it snowballs, then we're talking next week about another injury,' he said. 'I haven't done it up to this point, and I don't plan to start.'"

Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official website touched on the team's decimated running back corps in his Sept. 29 update:

"Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson gutted out Sunday's game in New York vs. the Jets on a sore ankle, but he obviously wasn't himself. He played limited snaps on offense and finished with just two catches for 12 yards.

"His status for next week's game against (the) Buffalo (Bills) at home will certainly be monitored this week.

"The same goes for running backs Joique Bell, Theo Riddick and Montell Owens. Bell left Sunday's game with a head injury and Owens and Riddick aggravated hamstring injuries.

"Reggie Bush and Jed Collins were the only running backs available at the end of the game.

"Running back George Winn and fullback Emil Igwenagu and currently on the Lions practice squad. We'll find out later this week if they'll be needed next Sunday.

"Rushing yards were hard to come by for the Lions against a stout Jets front seven. Bush called his 46 yards some of the toughest he's ever had to gain after the game.

"The Lions are still waiting for their run game to break loose, but got 34 of their 84 total yards on the ground when they needed him most of the final possession.

"We've seen that script play out a few times now this season.

"Bush and Bella are on one of the better running back duos in the NFL. If Bell is slated to miss any time, it's a big blow for the Lions offense."

The 28-year-old Bell is in his third NFL season. He has run for 1,216 yards and 12 touchdowns on 296 carries in 36 career regular-season games through Sept. 30, per ESPN stats.

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