Joique Bell has more passes than carries this offseason, and that will continue to be the case for the immediate future.

The Detroit Lions tailback hasn't participated in any of the first five OTAs due to an injured knee, and isn't optimistic about his chances of appearing in next week's final round of OTAs, either.

Bell told MLive it's unclear whether he'll be available for mandatory minicamp, which runs June 10-12, but he's confident the knee won't imperil his availability for the start of training camp in late July.

"Yeah, I do," Bell said confidently when asked if he'd be ready for camp.

Bell wouldn't say whether he had surgery on the knee, but did acknowledge the ailment is linked to the tendinitis that bothered him throughout last season.