All things considered, that Detroit Lions running back David Montgomery may only miss a couple weeks with a thigh injury is a best-case scenario after it looked like it could've been far worse. With that, filling the void left by his short-term absence feels sure to come from an internal backfield committee comprised of Jahmyr Gibbs, Craig Reynolds and practice squad elevation Zonovan Knight.
There are certainly a lot of teams whose running back situation wouldn't look as good after losing someone of Montgomery's importance.
But the idea of the Lions looking to make an addition at running back, beyond bring Devine Ozigbo back on the practice squad, is not out of the question. If Montgomery were somehow lined up to miss more than a couple games, which would go against the initial sentiment, the idea of a notable addition wouldn't be out of the question.
There are ideas on that notable addition front for the Lions to replace Montgomery, if it comes to that. Then, there are ridiculous ideas.
Absolutely ridiculous trade idea for Lions to replace David Montgomery offered up
If it comes to the point where Montgomery is going to miss more than 2-3 games, a bold move may be something general manager Brad Holmes considers. But Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report, as part of his trade block piece entering Week 3 pointing players who could be moved to contending teams, went a little off the rails with a potential "fit" for the Lions.
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry is No. 5 on Knox's fresh list going into Week 3, with two potential suitors offered. The Minnesota Vikings can be scratched now, a day later, after trading for Cam Akers. So one remains...
"The Detroit Lions could consider Henry, as David Montgomery is expected to miss "a couple weeks" with a quad injury, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Henry would form a very intriguing tandem with rookie Jahmyr Gibbs in Detroit.
Henry will be a free agent after the season, but he will turn 30 in January and if not for missing nine games in 2021 he would surely have three straight full seasons with over 340 carries. His yards per carry average has eroded, down to 3.6 yards per tote so far this season.
On the surface, Henry is an intriguing option to replace Montgomery if the Lions wanted (needed?) to go that direction. But they don't need to make that kind of move as long as Montgomery's not out for the season, and it would be a huge shock if it went that far. Henry is more than a replacement for a "couple weeks", and that leaves out whether the Titans would even move him/the cost to get him.
Wild trade ideas are fun sometimes. But the notion the Lions could go after Henry as a fill-in for Montgomery is a massive stretch of logic and the current circumstances.