ALLEN PARK, Mich. – Joique Bell did not work out Wednesday during the Lions’ first open organized team activities practice of the season, but afterwards didn’t seemed too concerned that he will be out long-term.
Bell would not specify what his injury is, but said the Instagram photo he posted with a wrap on his left knee was “just an ice wrap.” However, Bell said the injury that is keeping him out of the Lions’ practices is one he initially suffered last season.
Bell would not say whether or not he had the knee drained, just that it was wrapped in ice. Even posting the picture of it wrapped up in ice drew some light criticism from Detroit general manager Martin Mayhew.
Bell, though, didn’t seem concerned about the injury having any sort of long-term issues.
“Just (a) nagging injury,” Bell said. “Something just nagging, nothing that will prevent me (from playing). I had it all last season, so you guys didn’t even really notice. But it’s something we just trying to get rid of before next season. So it’s just being smart.
“I could practice right now if they really wanted me to, but it’s up to them when they want to put me back in.”
Watching from the sidelines, though, has not frustrated Bell, who signed a three-year contract extension in the offseason.
“It’s part of the game,” Bell said. “You can’t get frustrated. It’s part of the game. You have to stay positive at all times.”