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East Rutherford, N.J. — In a roundabout way, the Lions confirmed Sunday that running back Joique Bell suffered a concussion in a 24-17 win over the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.

Bell went to the locker room with a head injury in the fourth quarter and did not return.

During his postgame news conference, Lions coach Jim Caldwell declined to update any of the injuries suffered during the game, including a question asking him to clarify whether Bell's injury was a concussion or some other head injury.

In the locker room, a Lions spokesperson said Bell could not talk to the media, which is consistent with the NFL's concussion protocol.

Bell finished the game with eight carries for 32 yards and two catches for 7 yards.

By the fourth quarter, Reggie Bush was the only option remaining at tailback, but his running helped close out the game.

In addition to Bell, the Lions lost Theo Riddick and Montell Owens to hamstring injuries. Besides Bush, the only other healthy running back was fullback Jed Collins.

Bush had 12 carries for 46 yards, including a 16-yarder on the final drive, and four catches for 19 yards.

Defensive tackle Nick Fairley also limped off the field in the fourth quarter, but Caldwell declined to update his status.

Cornerback Darius Slay suffered a stinger in the third quarter, but returned to the game and caught his first career interception in the fourth quarter.

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