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Lions lose rookie runner Mikel LeShoure for the seasonI 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:

The rookie was injured after being hit high by defensive end Cliff Avril(notes) during practice Monday. He was carted off the team's practice field after being attended to by team trainers.

[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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