The Facts: The Lions are hoping running back Bell’s stay on the PUP list is a short one, but HC Jim Caldwell said Friday no timetable has been set for his return. “I’m not sure how long it’s going to take,” he told beat reporters. “I do know one thing, he is coming along quickly and we’ll see what the doctor says. Can’t put an exact timetable on it right now.”
Diehards Line: Bell, 28, is expected to play a big role in Joe Lombardi's offense after leading the team in rushing attempts (223), yards (860) and rushing touchdowns (7) a season ago. The Lions are hoping he, rookie second-round pick Ameer Abdullah and a revamped offensive line can greatly improve the league’s 28th-ranked rushing attack from a season ago. Bell is a veteran player who has a year in the system under his belt, which should limit some of the concern from the Lions' standpoint. There’s no need to rush him back before he’s ready. Bell’s absence during OTAs and the minicamp allowed Abdullah to split first-team reps with Theo Riddick, which should help the rookie hit the ground running when the Lions begin on-the-field workouts Monday. According to DetroitLions.com's Tim Twentyman, getting Bell healthy and bringing Abdullah along at a steady pace appear to be two main goals for the Lions backfield as they head into training camp.