Lions evaluating roster options

NFL teams often use their bye weeks to analyze their rosters and create contingency plans for the remainder of the season. Sometimes that means bringing in unsigned players for workouts, and the Detroit Lions appear to have been quite active on that front last week.

According to Adam Caplan of thesidelineview.com, the Lions brought in 24 players for workouts -- including veteran offensive lineman Leonard Davis and two former Lions running backs.

Davis appears set to join the Lions roster, presumably in a reserve role, according to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News. The list of workouts also included running backs Kevin Smith and Aaron Brown, receiver Antwan Randle El and quarterback Brian Brohm.

The Lions released Smith and Brown over the summer. But given the uncertain future of starter Jahvid Best (concussion) and the brain tumor of Jerome Harrison, it was worth checking in on the conditioning of two running backs who wouldn’t need time to learn the Lions' system if needed.