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After rookie Mikel Leshoure suffered a torn Achilles on Monday, many wondered what the Lions would do to fill in his role in the backfield. Well it appears that the Lions didn’t wait long to answer that question. Tuesday morning, veteran free agents Jerome Harrison and Mike Bell agreed to terms to join the Lions backfield. Obviously Leshoure’s role with the team was a lot more important than previously perceived for the Lions to go out and sign two running backs to fill his absence.
Both Harrison and Bell joined the league in 2006, Harrison with the Cleveland Browns and Bell with the Denver Broncos. Harrison spent his first four seasons in Cleveland and split last season between Cleveland and Philadelphia. Bell on the other hand moved around a little more, spending time in Denver, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Cleveland. Harrison’s best season came in 2009, when he rushed for 862 yards and five touchdowns. He’s probably best known for putting up one of the best single game performances in NFL history during a game against the Kansas city Chiefs in 2009 in which he rushed for 286 yards and three touchdowns. Bell’s best season also came in 2009 with the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, when he rushed for 654 yards and five touchdowns. Bell played in all of the Saints playoff games that year, including the Super Bowl, but only managed to rush for 15 yards in the big game.
Ironically these two were actually traded for each other last season, Bell was traded to Cleveland and Harrison to Philadelphia.
Roster Changes: Fullback Preston Dial and cornerback Maurice Leggett were both waived to make room for the new additions.