Reports: Lions to work out RB Justin Forsett

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News

Detroit – With running back depth an issue, the Detroit Lions will work out veteran Justin Forsett next week, according to multiple reports.

Veteran running back Justin Forsett has averaged 4.8 yards per carry during his eight-year career.

Forsett, released by the Baltimore Ravens last week, has averaged 4.8 yards per carry during his eight-year career. His best season came in 2014, when he rushed for 1,266 yards and eight touchdowns for the Ravens.

In 2012, Forsett had a memorable play at Ford Field, running for an 81-yard touchdown against the Lions while playing for the Houston Texans. Replays showed Forsett's knee hit the ground after seven yards, but because Lions coach Jim Schwartz illegally attempted to challenge the play, the automatic review was negated, allowing the scoring run to stand.

The third-quarter touchdown cut the Lions lead to three and the Texans would ultimately emerge victorious, 34-31, in overtime.

Prior to his recent release, Forsett had been struggling. He was averaging a career-low 3.2 yards per carry and was inactive his final week in Baltimore.

The Lions enter Sunday’s game against the Eagles with just two healthy running backs on the roster. Starter Ameer Abdullah is on injured reserve following foot surgery and rookie Dwayne Washington is nursing an ankle injury. The team also has Mike James on the practice squad.