Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure would welcome a trade to a team that would rely on him more, a source told ESPN.
Leshoure was inactive in last week’s season opener despite averaging 4.5 yards per carry this preseason. The former second-round draft pick currently is Detroit’s third-string running back behind Reggie Bush and Joique Bell.
The Lions are a pass-oriented team, and although Leshoure can catch the ball out of the backfield, he would prefer to be on a team that runs the ball more often, according to the source.
Leshoure, who has accepted his role as a backup with the Lions, rushed for 798 yards and nine touchdowns as a rookie last season.
One possible destination for the 23-year-old Leshoure is the Indianapolis Colts, who lost Week 1 starter Vick Ballard to a season-ending knee injury. Colts owner Jim Irsay recently indicated on his Twitter account that Indianapolis will attempt to add a running back before the NFL’s trade deadline.