The Lions started practice Monday thin at running back and they ended it looking downright svelte.
Stephfon Green hurt his knee in a drill, forcing him out of practice on a day when the team was already without Jahvid Best and Mikel Leshoure. Best still hasn’t been cleared for full practice and Leshoure sat out once again with a hamstring injury. He’s resumed running, but his return date is still unknown and coach Jim Schwartz intimated that there might be a change at the position coming soon.
“Our numbers are dropping there,” Schwartz said, via Tim Twentymen of the team’s website. “We’ll have to see with Green how he bounces back from this, but our numbers are a little light there right now. But that could change in the next 24 or 48 hours.”
That could mean Leshoure’s return or a good diagnosis on Green, but it could also mean that the Lions, who finished practice with five healthy backs, look outside the organization. Ryan Grant has been linked with the team during the offseason, although there hasn’t been much heat on that front for a while.
The Lions also don’t know when they’ll get safety Louis Delmas back on the field. Schwartz remains adamant that Delmas’ sore left knee won’t cost him any time during the regular season.
“We’re worried about short-term and how that approach is,” Schwartz said. “We’re not worried about regular season; I’ve said that a lot of times.”
Delmas might not see much time in the preseason, but the approach will be worth it for the Lions if it improves his chances of being healthy through the regular season.