Lions sign WR Aaron Dobson, work out RB Joique Bell

The Detroit Lions made a roster move today, but not at the position where they needed the most help.

The Lions signed wide receiver Aaron Dobson after a workout today. It's not immediately known how they made room for Dobson on the roster.

Dobson caught 53 passes over the last three seasons with the New England Patriots, but was waived at the cutdown to a 53-man roster earlier this month.

Dobson is a familiar face to Lions general manager Bob Quinn, who spent 16 seasons in the Patriots' scouting department before coming to Detroit this year.

Along with Dobson, the Lions worked out a handful of linebackers today and, according to ESPN, running back Joique Bell.

Bell was released by the Lions this spring when he declined to take a paycut to the veteran minimum salary.

The Lions have questions at running back heading into this week's game against the Green Bay Packers.

Starter Ameer Abdullah was due in North Carolina today to receive a second opinion on his sprained foot. Abdullah is not expected to play against the Packers and could miss significant time if his check-up reveals further damage.

Abdullah leads the Lions with 101 yards rushing on 18 carries this year.

Bell played parts of the last five seasons with the Lions and ran for 311 yards in 13 games last year.

ESPN first reported the news of Bell's tryout, and NFL Network first reported the Dobson signing.

Note: The Lions also signed linebacker Zaviar Gooden to their practice squad after a tryout Tuesday. Gooden was with the team during training camp, and the Lions have three linebackers - DeAndre Levy (quad), Kyle Van Noy (calf) and Antwione Williams (thigh) - dealing with injuries.


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