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When Mikel Leshoure went down with an injury, the Lions should have found a serviceable backup for Jahvid Best. With Maurice Morris on the roster along with the signings of Jerome Harrison and Keiland Williams, the Lions were not prepared enough for when Jahvid Best got hurt.
With the injury to Best and Harrison the Lions are now left with Morris, who is averaging 4.0 yards per carry, Keiland Williams, who is averaging 3.0 yards per carry, and the recently acquired Kevin Smith, who has a career average of 3.8.
The Lions are currently 27th in the league with a 4.1 yards per carry average and 762 yards rushing through their first eight games and tied for 23rd with only four touchdowns. Although their passing game has overshadowed the weakness in the running game, this wont last very long.
When the weather turns and the offense is forced to run to win games, this running game wont get it done. What would have been the perfect situation is if Willis McGahee decided to come to the Lions, but they did not push hard enough to bring him in.
If Jahvid Best can not come back healthy this season, the Lions will struggle down the stretch and will likely fade if they make it to the playoffs, because they can't run the ball. Mayhew might be forced to make a trade down the stretch if the Lions really want to make a playoff push.