The Lions have been coy about the health of running back Jahvid Best's feet for the last six weeks. Sunday, their actions spoke louder than any words.
Best, ailing from turf toe injuries on both feet, was unable to play anywhere near his capabilities against the Cowboys. He did not start and his playing time was limited.
There was no burst of speed. He was unable to make quick cuts. It was painful to watch. There was a run in the second half where he had room around left end. A healthy Best would have made a big gain. Sunday, though, he was unable to get to the edge.
Maurice Morris (10 carries for 31 yards) and fullback Jerome Felton (four for 14) carried most of the load. The Lions amassed 75 yards rushing.
Now it appears Best is a long shot to be ready to play Thursday.
If Best can't go, Maurice Morris will probably get a bulk of the carries like last week with Kevin Smith now on IR. It's a matchup to stay away from as New England comes to town and most likely plans on not keeping this game close.