Lions: Bell questionable, Johnson probable

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- White gauze and tape covered the left ribs of Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell on Friday afternoon as he spoke to the media.

Well, kind of spoke to the media.

Instead of answering questions about his availability on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals as well as his overall health verbally, he grabbed a sheet of paper, flipped it over and grabbed a permanent marker.

Then, as the media asked questions, he would write responses down, varying from "Good" to "Ask Coach" to "Nothing" to "A lot!!!" to "Yea" to "Nope" and would point to one of his written answers after a question.

Officially, Bell is questionable with his rib injury for Sunday's game against Cincinnati and wide receiver Calvin Johnson is probable.

It was Bell -- in silent form -- and was a fairly funny way to handle not really answering questions about his status. For the record, when asked how he was feeling, he wrote then pointed to "good." When asked how much pain he was in, he pointed to "A lot!!!"

When asked if he could clear up the confusion in those answers, he pointed to "nope."

He also indicated he wore no extra padding, by pointing to "nothing" when asked what he wore in practice.

A locker over, running back Theo Riddick, who practiced for the first time Friday after suffering a concussion against Green Bay, said he had not had a concussion before. Like Bell, Riddick is questionable for Sunday.

He declined to answer how the past two weeks have been but that "everything is going well, man." Riddick also said it is up to the coaches whether or not he'll play Sunday.

Right tackle Jason Fox is doubtful for Sunday. Johnson, who has practiced but been limited every day, is officially listed as probable.