The Facts: Following up on an item in this week's Fantasy Notebook. ... The Lions are trying to keep Bell from leaving as a free agent -- a surprise, considering they didn't use him in the last 11 games last season. "He'll fit some of the zone runs that we're running right now," HC Rod Marinelli said of Bell.
Diehards Line:They need help at running back with Kevin Jones recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament -- they're trying to keep T.J. Duckett from leaving, too -- and Jim Colletto has replaced Mike Martz as OC. Kippy Brown, the Lions' assistant head coach and passing game coordinator, said: "Things change, and we like Tatum. He's a good player and a good person. We have not ruled out Tatum at all." As Free Press staffer Nicholas J. Cotsonika noted, the question is whether Bell will want to come back. "All we can do is talk," Marinelli said. "If he doesn't see it as a good fit, then that's OK."