by Aaron Wilson
September 26, 02013
Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure isn't actively seeking a trade, but he was adamant that he wants to get on the field.
"I just want to play," Leshoure told the Detroit Free Press. "I want to play. Like I said before, there's a lot of speculation just because of the fact that I'm not on the field and people just wondering what's going on. But I want to play, and that's it."
Even with Reggie Bush sidelined with a sprained knee, the Lions went with Joique Bell and Theo Riddick.
Leshoure has been the subject of inquiries for trades, including the Indianapolis Colts before they traded for Trent Richardson last week.
Lions general manager Martin Mayhew has told Leshoure that he doesn't intend to trade him. The trade deadline is Oct. 29..
"Last time I talked to him, he pretty much said that he wants me here," Leshoure said. "He doesn't have any intentions on trading me, and it's a long season, and he just wants me to be here, just in case. You never know what happens. Like I said, it's a long season, backs get banged up, somebody can go down, and I guess (I'm) more so a security blanket.
"It's frustrating," he said. "You want to play, obviously, and you want to be out there, especially knowing that you can help. It's frustrating. I don't really know what the issue is, why I wouldn't be out here and why I didn't play. But I didn't. That's pretty much it."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.