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Posted on Fri, Oct 21, 2011 : 8:46 a.m.

Lions searching for answers at the running back position

By Staff


Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best (44) is out indefinitely after suffering his second concussion of the season.

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One Detroit Lions running back (Jahvid Best) is out with a concussion and another (Jerome Harrison) may have had his life saved by a failed trade.

The Lions are being cautious with Best, who also suffered a concussion earlier this season and missed four games in college with concussion-like symptoms.

The team is being silent on Harrison, citing privacy issues, but ESPN reported that the Harrison-for-Ronnie Brown trade was nullified because a brain tumor was discovered during a physical.

As Detroit Free Press columnist Michael Rosenberg wrote today, "since doctors only discovered the tumor because Harrison had to take a physical, and he only had to take a physical because he was traded ... well, this voided deal might go down as the best trade in Lions history."

No matter the severity of the health concerns, the games go on in the NFL. And the 5-1 Lions are suddenly searching for answers at the running back position.

The Associated Press reports that the Lions are expected to rotate Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams along with return specialist Stefan Logan in the backfield when Atlanta (3-3) visits Ford Field on Sunday.

"All our backs are a little bit different, all of them bring a little something different to the offense," Schwartz said. "We'll use anybody that we have available on Sunday to the best of their abilities."