Tim Twentyman was asked about Justin Forsett's role:
I still see Theo Riddick being the lead back. He’s too important as a pass catcher to take off the field, and the Lions can’t tip their hand by not handing him the ball.
Dwayne Washington, when he returns, is still going to get carries. He’s shown big-time promise when healthy. He hasn’t done anything not to continue to get those looks.
The fact that neither Riddick (ankle) or Washington was on the practice field Wednesday is worth monitoring as the week goes on, and could certainly affect Forsett’s role this week.
When everyone is healthy and available, I expect Riddick and Washington to be No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, with Forsett challenging for the No. 3 role.
This was our thinking as well. Forsett has averaged under 4.1 YPC in his last 13 games, which is significantly lower than the 5.1 YPC that he averaged from 2009 to 2014. He's likely to serve as depth if both Riddick and Washington are healthy.