Banged-up Lions running back will play

When the Lions come to Arlington to face the Cowboys on Sunday afternoon, leading running back Jahvid Best is expected to start.

Best has battled injuries for nearly three months, and this story in the Detroit News outlines his troubles.

On the season, the Lions have averaged 3.4 yards per carry and scored just five rushing touchdowns. Overall, the Lions have the third-worst rushing attack in the league. The Cowboys have the second worst.

Best, when healthy, is a productive back, especially catching passes out of the backfield. He is second in the league with an average of 40 receiving yards per game among running backs. Frank Gore of the 49ers leads the league with 46.1.

"He's not even close to his potential," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said in the Detroit News story.