DETROIT - SEPTEMBER 02: Aaron Brown #21 of the Detroit Lions runs for a short gain in the second quarter of the preseason game against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field on September 2 2010 in Detroit Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
The Detroit Lions officially signed running back Joique Bell today. They also released fellow running back Aaron Brown from the roster to make room for Bell, who joins the Lions after spending most of the season on the New Orleans Saints practice squad.
Brown was brought back by the Lions at the end of November when Jahvid Best was placed on injured reserve. He was originally let go by the team after the final round of NFL roster cuts when Keiland Williams was claimed off waivers.
In his second stint with the Lions, Brown only appeared in one game (against the Minnesota Vikings) and had one carry for zero yards and one reception for nine yards. With Bell joining the team, it's no surprise that Brown was let go. Bell is expected to contribute to the Lions as early as Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, and it's possible he could get playing time in the playoffs as well. Brown just wasn't in the Lions' plans going forward.