Joique Bell Misses Practice For Game Vs. New England Patriots

Posted: Nov 19 2014, 10:07pm CST | by , Updated: Nov 19 2014, 10:11pm CST, in News | Latest Sports News

Joique Bell Misses Practice for Game Vs. New England Patriots
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  • Joique Bell and several other Detroit Lions missed practice on Wednesday.
  • Safety James Ihedigbo feels other teams should be intimidated by the Lions.
  • Detroit goes up against the New England Patriots in Week 12.

Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell was one of several players who missed Wednesday's practice for the Week 12 game against the New England Patriots.

Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell was one of several players who missed Wednesday's practice for the Week 12 game against the New England Patriots.

The Detroit News' Josh Katzenstein reported on the development on Nov. 19:

"The Lions practiced without five starters Wednesday in chilly conditions as they prepare for Sunday's game against the Patriots in Foxborough, Mass.

"The forecast for the Week 12 game is a high of 48 degrees with a chance of rain, and the Lions are preparing for the cold. With snow pushing practice inside, the Lions pumped cold air into the indoor field, and most players wore long sleeves under their jerseys.

"Meanwhile, the Lions had a couple surprise absences on Wednesday as running back Joique Bell and defensive end Jason Jones didn't practice, though Jones was not injury-related. Bell (ankle) left Sunday's loss briefly after a hard hit late in the third quarter and he fumbled on the play, but he did return.

"Wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) was also out, but he missed practice last Wednesday and played in the game. Johnson said his ankle is fine, and his elbow injury suffered against the Cardinals was just a cut.

"'Elbow's fine, just a cut,' he said. 'I don't know what the stories were, but everybody got all excited about it. Everybody gets cuts.'

"Defensive tackle Nick Farley (knee) and right guard Larry Warford (knee) were both out, and neither is likely to return until December.

"Running back Reggie Bush (ankle) was limited and tight end Brandon Pettigrew (foot) practiced fully after both missed Sunday's game. Right tackle LaAdrian Waddle (knee) was limited, too, after missing the fourth quarter, but said before practice he didn't know how much he'd do.

"'We'll assess at the end of the week how I'm feeling and how things went and make a decision off of that,' Waddle said of his availability against the Patriots.

"Waddle has already missed four games this season with a calf injury and a concussion and said he 'got rolled up' against the (Arizona) Cardinals.

"'It's just unfortunate circumstances came up,' he said. 'I can't do too much about it except try to move on, try to get my body right and just try to go out there and bail out.'

"Rookie wide receiver T.J. Jones also practiced for the first time this season after being on the physically unable to perform list. The Lions have a three-week window to decide whether or not to add Jones to the active roster or leave him on PUP for the entire season."

In another team development, Lions safety James Ihedigbo told ESPN's Michael Rothstein on Wednesday that other teams "should be intimidated" when they face Detroit:

"The question to James Ihedigbo started innocuously enough. How can the Detroit Lions avoid being intimidated by some of the names the New England Patriots have -- Tom Brady and Bill Belichick and so much of the legacy those two men have left on the NFL.

"Ihedigbo responded with something else entirely. Teams should be intimidated by the Detroit defense as well.

"'Man, look at the names and guys we've got on this team,' Ihedigbo said. 'You should be intimidated by the people we've got on this team. We've got [Ndamukong] Suh. We've got guys who are beasts in this league, not even just on this team.

"'So why should we feel we should take a back seat to anybody? Why should we?

"Defensively, the Lions have little reason to. They have the top-ranked defense in the NFL. They are in the top 10 in every major defensive category and have the best rushing defense in the league."

The Lions and Patriots square off at 1:00 p.m. ET on Nov. 23 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.

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