Joique Bell didn’t want to talk about his bruised ribs after practice Friday so he grabbed a black marker and a blank sheet of paper and he wrote about them instead.

How do you feel one reporter asked?

“Good” Bell wrote.

Have you ever played with a flak jacket on for protection?

“Ask Coach” Bell wrote.

How much pain are you in?

“A lot” he wrote adding two exclamation points for emphasis.

Bell is listed as questionable on the Lions’ injury report but he was still moving gingerly about five days after he said he felt his rib pop in the second half of a 31-17 win over the Cleveland Browns.

Bell did not finish that game and practiced on a limited basis this week. He’ll likely wear some sort of protection if he plays Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals and after he spoke to reporters Friday he peeled a numbing patch off his left side.

“It’s just part of the game” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. “He wouldn’t be the first running back to have some sore ribs and be able to go out and play. He’s a tough guy. If he can do it then we’ll put him out there. If he can’t we’ll go to the next guy.”

If Bell doesn’t play or is limited Sunday the Lions will use Mikel Leshoure and perhaps Theo Riddick as the backups to Reggie Bush. Leshoure has just two carries this year and has been inactive much of the season. Riddick practiced Friday for the first time since suffering a concussion Oct. 6 at Green Bay and is listed as questionable.