The Detroit Lions have one of the worst running games in the NFL right now, but one player they won’t be looking at right away is newly-reinstated running back Ray Rice.
“We haven’t considered that at this point,” Lions coach Jim Caldwell said.
The Lions have the No. 30 rushing offense in the NFL (81.67 yards a game) and the No. 31 offense when it comes to yards per carry (3.33). Joique Bell has been the team’s leading rusher with 581 yards on 164 carries — 3.5 yards per carry — with five touchdowns. The Lions have four backs on their roster right now: Bell, Reggie Bush, Theo Riddick and George Winn, who primarily plays special teams.
Caldwell has history with Rice, who played for him with the Baltimore Ravens during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Rice was a 1,000-yard back for Caldwell in 2012, where he gained 1,143 yards during the regular season. Last season, Rice struggled, gaining only 660 yards with four touchdowns.
“I’m not real sure what will happen to him in the league,” Caldwell said. “Certainly I do believe in second chances, as I have mentioned on several occasions and at some point in time I think he will get one.
“When that’s going to happen, I don’t know.”
ESPN contributed to this report.