Dec 30, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure (25) during the second quarter against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions wouldn't trade Mikel Leshoure to Indianaplois Colts before Richardson deal

I guess this might fall under a case of ‘thank goodness’, at least for the Indianapolis Colts because according to Jason La Canfora, the Detroit Lions were approached by the Indianapolis Colts earlier this week in  hopes of trading for backup running back Mikel Leshoure.

Not content with just Ahmad Bradshaw in the backfield after losing Vick Ballard for the season, the Colts were simply looking for reinforcement and were hopeful they could snag Leshoure, who isn’t exactly thrilled playing second (and now apparently third) fiddle in the Lions’ rushing game.

But the Lions weren’t willing to listen according to La Canfora, at least not at the price the Colts were offering:

Grigson and his staff re-watched film of about five players primarily, according to sources, as they devised a strategy. Richardson, the third-overall pick in 2012, was obviously highest on their list, but as they knew it could be difficult to land him, they did not focus solely on him. They also made overtures to Detroit about Mikel Leshoure (the Lions quickly rebuffed sources said) and to Minnesota about backup Toby Gerhart, who played for Indy’s offensive coordinator, Pep Hamilton, at Stanford.

Guess that one worked out okay for Indy.

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