Detroit Lions release running back Joique Bell

Joique Bell played 60 games for the Lions from 2012-15. (Rick Osentoski/AP)

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — The Detroit Lions released running back Joique Bell on Tuesday, less than a year after he signed a two-year deal with former general manager Martin Mayhew after his best season.

New general manager Bob Quinn decided to cut Bell, knowing he likely will have Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick rotating at running back this year.

Bell had nearly 2,000 yards from scrimmage in 2013 and 2014. His role diminished in Detroit last year due to injuries and the emergence of Abdullah as a rookie and Riddick as a pass-catching option out of the backfield.

Bell ran for 2,235 yards and 22 touchdowns and had 161 receptions for 1,640 yards and a score over four seasons in Detroit.