The Detroit Lions have seemingly hit a wall in their running attack. After totaling 253 rushing yards in the first two weeks, the Lions have just 196 over the last three games. Ameer Abdullah is on the reserve injured list after suffering a foot injury in Week 2’s game against the Titans, while rookie backup Dwayne Washington has also missed some time with an ankle injury.
The Lions took a big step to try and fix this problem by adding Justin Forsett on Tuesday, as first reported by his agent. Forsett was released by the Baltimore Ravens last week after the two agreed on a mutual split. Forsett had seen some success in Baltimore, but he entered the 2016 season in competition with a crowded, younger backfield. Forsett was only averaging 3.2 yards per carry this season after averaging 4.8 for his career.
In Detroit, Forsett could jump all the way to backup duties, considering Zach Zenner hasn’t provided much of a spark in the running game and Washington’s availability remains unknown. Theo Riddick is likely to remain the feature back, but Forsett can come in for relief duty, when necessary.
Forsett seems ready to go: