The Detroit Lions running game was derailed by Ameer Abdullah’s foot injury in Week 2. After two games of putting up over 100 yards rushing and 4.8 yards per carry in consecutive weeks, the Lions have rushed for just 116 total yards over the last two games at just 2.8 yards per carry.
However, the Lions may have help on the way. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Lions will be hosting former Ravens running back Justin Forsett on Monday. Baltimore released the 30-year-old running back on Tuesday, choosing to go with Terrance West as their primary rusher instead.
Forsett has been mostly a backup running back for his entire career, although with Baltimore in 2014 he had his most successful season, rushing for 1266 yards and eight touchdowns. In his eight year career, he has averaged a solid 4.8 yards per carry. However, he did not see the same kind of success with the Ravens this year. Through the first three games of the season, he averaged just 3.2 yards per carry. Baltimore chose to list him as a healthy inactive in Week 4.
Forsett would jump in immediately and help out a backfield weakened by injuries. In addition to Abdullah being placed on injured reserve a few weeks ago after surgery, the Lions’ rookie back Dwayne Washington has been battling an ankle injury since last week.