Lions hope running backs can stay healthy

Updated: June 16, 2003, 11:49 AM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | NFL Insider
Whenever a team has James Stewarts as its No. 1 running back, having a dependable backup is a must. Not that Stewart is an injury waiting to happen, but he's missed 27 games over his eight-year career. Even when he plays, he always seems to be nicked up.

So the Lions got rid of Lamont Warren and Aveion Cason and brought in former Buffalo Bill Shawn Bryson to play the role of Stewart's understudy. Along with second-year man Luke Staley and rookie Artose Pinner, the Lions feel they have a set of backs capable of stepping up in the face of injury.

The only problem with that strategy is that all of the backups are trying to come back from major injuries themselves.