August 08, 2011
I wish I could say it was too early for the "Bad news for the Lions" stories to be rolling in, but evidently, that's not the case. Their second-round draft pick, Mikel LeShoure(notes), tore his Achilles in practice and is finished for the season. From the AP:
[Head Coach Jim] Schwartz says "he'll be back, but it won't be this season."
It's terribly unfortunate for LeShoure. He's known as a tough guy, so I'm sure he'll be back strong next year, but a major injury like that, depriving him of so much experience that a rookie needs, puts him in a tough spot going forward.
The Lions, too. LeShoure wasn't slated to be a featured back, but they were counting on him to carry some of the load. At 230 pounds, he was a bruiser who still carried 4.5 40 speed, and would've been a nice complement to the smaller, speedier Jahvid Best(notes). The Lions really struggled in short-yardage situations last year (for the last 40 years, really), so LeShoure was a big part of their plans in those situations.
Maurice Morris(notes) is on the roster behind him. The Lions could also go out and get a power runner on the free-agent market, though the pickings are a bit slim at the moment. Fred Taylor's waiting by the phone, if they're interested.
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