08 August 2011

Lion's Mikel LeShoure Out for Season

Mikel LeShoure, the Lion's rookie running back from Illinois, was injured earlier today in practice and will miss the entire up-coming season. LeShoure tore his left achilles tendon in an 11-on-11 drill this morning and is scheduled to have surgery as early as tomorrow morning. This second-round draft pick was expected to play an integral role in Detroit's offense this season running besides second-year running back Jahvid Best. LeShoure was anticipated to complement Best very nicely in the backfield and was to be used in primarily short-yardage situations.

With the Lions overall lack of depth at the running back position due to injuries, this injury to LeShoure could pose some potential problems to the Detroit backfield. The number 3 running back in the depth chart, Maurice Morris, is also currently injured with a broken hand. Coach Schwartz stated in reference to the lack of depth, "We have, obviously, some work to do there and have to change plans". Whether this means looking within the current roster or looking elsewhere in the NFL, the Lions are put in a dangerous position as they need find a few more healthy backs before the season starts in about a month.


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