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Time Might Be Coming For Lions To Add A Free-Agent Running Back

Detroit Lions running back Stephfon Green (43) looks on during organized team activities.
Detroit Lions running back Stephfon Green (43) looks on during organized team activities.

So far during training camp, the Detroit Lions have held off on signing a free-agent running back to add some depth to the position. Even though Jahvid Best is still not cleared and Mikel Leshoure has missed the last week with a hamstring injury, the Lions haven't felt the need to bring in any new faces at the running back position.

This may no longer be the case after running back Stephfon Green got hurt during Monday's practice. He went down during a drill and left practice with trainers. His right knee ultimately ended up being wrapped in ice, and Green was unable to return to practice.

It all depends on how severe the injury is, but the Lions may finally find it necessary to go out and sign a free-agent running back. With Best out, Leshoure dealing with a sore hamstring and Green potentially set to miss some time, the Lions are running out of healthy running backs. Via MLive, here's what Jim Schwartz had to say about the situation on Monday morning:

"We'll have to see with Green how he bounces back from this, but our numbers are a little bit light there right now," Schwartz said. "That could change a lot in the next 48 hours, 24 hours."

Currently, the only healthy running backs on the roster are Kevin Smith, Joique Bell, Keiland Williams and Stefan Logan. With a preseason game coming up on Friday, I'm sure the Lions would prefer to have a bit more depth than that. If it's determined that both Leshoure and Green won't be ready for Friday's game, you may see them bring in a free agent at the position.

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