Missing Mikel Leshoure, Lions find two backs

The Detroit Lions didn’t waste time addressing the loss of Mikel Leshoure, the running back who was lost for the season Monday with a torn Achilles tendon.

They agreed to terms this morning with a pair of running backs, bringing in Jerome Harrison and Mike Bell, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Both backs played for the Philadelphia Eagles last season.

The Lions are looking for a running back to pair with Jahvid Best, the club’s first-round draft pick a year ago. Leshoure, a second-round pick from Illinois, is a physical runner who would have fit that role well.

Harrison, 5-9, 205 pounds, is an intriguing option. The Kalamazoo, Mich., native rushed for 862 yards and five touchdowns for the Cleveland Browns in 2009, averaging 4.4 yards per carry.

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