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Joique Bell limited in practice but expected to play

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Joe Lombardi on Joique Bell and Sunday's game: "I think he'll be all right."

Allen Park — Lions starting running back Joique Bell was a surprise inclusion on the injury report Wednesday, showing up as limited with an Achilles tendon injury.

Bell participated in the 10-minute portion of practice open to the media and finished Sunday's game against the Bears, so it's unclear when he suffered the injury.

"I don't think it happened today," offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said after practice.

Despite the injury, Lombardi said he doesn't expect Bell to be limited Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.

"I don't think so. I think he'll be all right," Lombardi said.

Bell leads the Lions with 210 carries for 800 yards and seven touchdowns, and he's eclipsed 100 yards from scrimmage in three of the past four games.

Wide receiver Calvin Johnson was the only Lions player who left Sunday's game with an injury, and he returned after sitting just two plays. In practice Wednesday, Johnson and defensive tackle Nick Fairley were the only players who didn't participate.

Johnson has been limited or absent from Wednesday practice since he made his return from a high-ankle sprain in Week 10, so there's no reason to suspect he was doing anything more than resting. He should be a full go for Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers.

Fairley, meanwhile, hasn't practiced since suffering a knee injury in Week 8. He will likely miss his eighth-straight game Sunday, but the Lions remain optimistic he will return for the postseason.

"I don't know if he's close," defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said. "He's getting better. I don't know if we can put a timetable on it, but he must be making enough progress where we haven't shut him down."

Cornerback Mohammed Seisay (hamstring) was a full participant after being inactive Sunday.

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