Mikel Leshoure Frustrated By Role, Wants Trade From Lions


Lions running back Mikel Leshoure is in a pretty bad spot.

The Lions signed and gave his starting running back position to Reggie Bush, don’t play Leshoure, and according to reports won’t trade him either.

Leshoure denied a recent report that he would welcome a trade, but according to reports the 2011 second round pick is frustrated and looking for answers.

“I just want to play,” the tailback said after Wednesday’s practice. “That’s all I want — to play. Like I said it before, just a lot of speculation because of the fact I’m not on the field, people just wondering what’s going on. But I want to play, and that’s it.”

CBS Sports is reporting that the Colts checked in on Leshoure’s availability before striking a blockbuster trade with the Cleveland Browns for Trent Richardson last week.

Leshoure said he just wants to play, but said that Lions general manager Martin Mayhew told him a few weeks ago the club didn’t plan to trade him.

“Last time I talked to him, he pretty much said he wants me here,” Leshoure said. “He doesn’t have any intentions on trading me. It’s a long season, and he wants me to be here just in case.

“You never know what happens. It’s a long season. Backs get banged up, somebody can go down, and I guess more so a security blanket.”