Joique Bell has rushed for 177 tards and three TD this season. (Daniel Mears / Detroit News)
Detroit – Joique Bell, with his sore ribs wrapped in some type of protective garment, was active and prepared to play for the Lions Sunday.
How long he will be able to play and how effectively remains to be seen. But as much as the Bengals like to blitz, the Lions need every bit of protection they can get for quarterback Matthew Stafford, and Bell is the team's best blocking running back.
Jeremy Ross, signed off the practice squad on Saturday, was active. The Lions kept six receivers active. That is partly to provide insurance for Calvin Johnson, who continues to battle through a sore right knee.
Also, with Tony Scheffler still out with a concussion, the team is down to two tight ends. Expect the Lions to use a lot of three- and four-receiver formations.
Johnson, who was a limited practice participant all week, went through his normal pre-game regimen, including running routes. He looked to be moving well.
Also inactive for the Lions are receiver Nate Burleson (forearm), quarterback Kellen Moore, cornerback Jonte Green, running back Theo Riddick (concussion), offensive lineman Leroy Harris and right tackle Jason Fox (knee).