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Wednesday, February 15, 2012
BBAO: Detroit Lions' backfield plans

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

We're Black and Blue All Over:

The Detroit Lions have a sticky situation in their offensive backfield. Their top two running backs, Jahvid Best and Mikel Leshoure, are working to recover from concussion and Achilles injuries, respectively. So should the Lions bank on their return for training camp this summer? Or should they acquire a contingency plan in the draft or in free agency?

Here is part of how Lions president Tom Lewand addressed the issue during a conference call Tuesday with season-ticket holders, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press: "You always have a little bit of risk any time a guy is coming off of injury, but we feel very, very good about where both of those guys are in their rehabilitation progress."

Lewand added: "We'll keep looking there, too. We can't necessarily put all our eggs in the basket of the guys that are coming off injuries. We have to make sure that we've got some depth there, and we'll look at free agency and the draft as well as trades, as well as waiver claims, as well as street guys to look at."

Lewand's answer hit every possibility, neither confirming nor ruling out anything, just as most team officials address personnel questions at this time of year. But in this case, the Lions truly need to consider every avenue to avoid getting caught flatfooted if Best or Leshoure, or both, have a setback.

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