Mikel Leshoure would welcome trade

Updated: September 15, 2013, 1:24 PM ET
By Adam Schefter | ESPN

Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure would welcome a trade to a team that would rely on him more, a source told ESPN.

Leshoure was inactive in last week's season opener despite averaging 4.5 yards per carry this preseason. The former second-round draft pick currently is Detroit's third-string running back behind Reggie Bush and Joique Bell.

The Lions are a pass-oriented team, and although Leshoure can catch the ball out of the backfield, he would prefer to be on a team that runs the ball more often, according to the source.

Leshoure, who has accepted his role as a backup with the Lions, rushed for 798 yards and nine touchdowns as a rookie last season.

One possible destination for the 23-year-old Leshoure is the Indianapolis Colts, who lost Week 1 starter Vick Ballard to a season-ending knee injury. Colts owner Jim Irsay recently indicated on his Twitter account that Indianapolis will attempt to add a running back before the NFL's trade deadline.

Bush gained 191 yards from scrimmage and scored a touchdown in last week's victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Bell had five catches for 67 yards and also rushed for two touchdowns.

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