Health report good on Best and Leshoure, but Lions not ruling out additions at RB

Posted Feb 14, 2012

Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand gave an optimistic health update regarding running backs Mikel Leshoure and Jahvid Best during a fan forum with season ticket holders Tuesday.

"I would say is both of those guys are healing well, both of those guys are tracking on pace to be ready to go for the offseason program," he said. "You always have a little bit of risk anytime a guy is coming off of injury, but we feel very, very good about where both of those guys are in their rehabilitation progress."

Leshoure tore his left Achilles tendon the second week of training camp and missed his entire rookie season.

Best suffered two concussions, the latter preventing him from playing in the last 10 games of the season.

"I think it's clear that we need to be better offensively in the running game, and we're a different team when we have weapons at running back," Lewand said.

"We were a different team before Jahvid Best got hurt than we were after he got hurt. We became more one-dimensional after Jahvid went down, and I think the same can be said for when Mikel Leshoure went down in training camp."

Even though Lewand expects both Leshoure and Best to be on the field when offseason workouts begin in April, he hasn't ruled out the possibility of the team acquiring another running back via the draft or free agency.

"We'll keep looking there, too," he said. "We can't necessarily put all our eggs in the basket of 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."