While much has been made of Mikel Leshoure's recent suspension for his marijuana arrests, it can be easy to forget that the running back is also recovering from a torn Achilles tendon.
Leshoure took the field on Thursday for the first time since that injury and looked like a player fully recovered and ready to contribute.
"The Achilles feels real good," said Leshoure, a second-round pick in 2011 out of Illinois. "Today was my first pretty much full action as far as getting some runs and actually have to react from a defense. It felt real good. I felt like I made some cuts. I wasn't thinking about anything out there. Just going out there, playing and reacting."
Jim Schwartz had positive reviews for Leshoure, as well, telling Fox Sports Detroit, "We ran him left. We ran him right. He was making cuts off of defenders. He was making cuts as they appeared."
Leshoure, who missed all of last season, could make his Lions debut in Week 3 following his two-game suspension.