Dec 30, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure (25) gets past Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (33) during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Do the Detroit Lions Have a Plan for Mikel Leshoure?

Do the Detroit Lions have a plan for running back Mikel Leshoure? They must, but it is difficult to tel what it might be.

With Reggie Bush out due to injury, Leshoure was on the active gameday roster for the first time this season. As we saw, there is a big difference between simply being active and being part of the team’s offensive plans. Joique Bell carried the load in his first career start as Leshoure watched from the sideline.

If Leshoure can’t get on the field with Bush out, when will he?

At this point it is clear the Lions don’t have a role for Leshoure, so it might seem they would be wise to see what they can get for him in a trade. The problem with that line of thinking is that the Lions recently had that opportunity but reportedly didn’t entertain the talk.

According to Jason La Canfora, the Indianapolis Colts inquired about trading for Leshoure before agreeing to trade a 2014 first-round pick to the Cleveland Browns for Trent Richardson:

Grigson and his staff re-watched film of about five players primarily, according to sources, as they devised a strategy. Richardson, the third-overall pick in 2012, was obviously highest on their list, but as they knew it could be difficult to land him, they did not focus solely on him. They also made overtures to Detroit about Mikel Leshoure (the Lions quickly rebuffed sources said) and to Minnesota about backup Toby Gerhart, who played for Indy’s offensive coordinator, Pep Hamilton, at Stanford. Arizona’s oft-injured Ryan Williams was another player they investigated.

So, the Lions aren’t playing Leshoure and they apparently aren’t willing to trade him. Maybe I’m getting lost in the details, but I’m having a hard time seeing the plan here.

Would the Lions have rebuffed the Colts to keep Leshoure as nothing but an insurance policy? That seems awfully short-sighted. Maybe their thinking regarding a trade will change now that they have emerged from the game against the Redskins no worse for the wear at running back. Reggie Bush is guaranteeing that he will play next week against the Bears and Joique Bell didn’t get banged up despite his busy day.

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