Mikel Leshoure Says He Will Be Healthy for Lions Season Opener

Detroit Lions Running Back Mikel Leshoure says he will be ready for the 2012 season opener after missing all of 2011 with a torn Achilles.

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Mikel Leshoure Injury: Lions RB Claims He Will Be 100% Entering Camp

The road to recovery has been a long one for Detroit Lions tailback Mikel Leshoure as he prepares to enter his second NFL season. While he is still expected to serve a two-game suspension to open the year after an offseason marijuana arrest, Leshoure's rehab from his Achilles injury has been better than hoped, and the former Illinois standout announced to fans on Twitter that he will hit camp at 100% health:

Leshoure's punishing running style offers a dynamic that the Lions could have used all throughout last season, which is why his puzzling off-the-field problems have been met with such scrutiny by Detroit fans. Because with very real, persistent injury questions surrounding Leshoure's fellow runners Jahvid Best and Kevin Smith, the 2011 second-round selection might end up with a make-or-break chance to prove whether he's worth keeping around long-term or not.

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Lions Training Camp: Mikel Leshoure Tears Achilles, Out For Season

As soon as I published that Lions rookie running back Mikel Leshoure had been carted off the field with an apparent lower left leg injury, Detroit News beat writer Chris McCosky tweeted that Leshoure is out for the season with a torn achilles. 97.1 The Ticket tweeted that Jim Schwartz confirmed the injury.  According to SB Nation Detroit's medical experts, the injury was likely known as soon as Leshoure was tended to by team doctors on the field via the Thompson Squeeze test.

This isn't a completely devastating blow to the Lions offense, but Leshoure was having a great rookie camp en route to complementing the skilled Jahvid Best this year.

The Lions will almost certainly look to pick up another running back now that Leshoure is out for the season, so look for names like Ricky Williams, Laurence Maroney, or even former Lion Kevin Smith to pop up as potential replacements on the team's radar.  

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