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Mikel Leshoure To Play A 'Fair Amount' Against Raiders

After a recovery that's lasted roughly a year, Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure is finally expected to play in his first professional game on Saturday against the Oakland Raiders. Speaking with Justin Rogers of MLive, Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan cautioned that he won't play too much, though:

It's not going to be a full game. We'll talk about it as a staff and we'll get him a fair amount. Once we see that he's got enough work in, we'll kind of make that call during the game.

After being drafted in the second round of the 2011 draft, Leshoure tore his ACL last August and ended up missing the entire 2011 season. He's also missing most of this year's training camp with a hamstring issue, but the former Illinois running back is expected to make his pro debut this weekend.

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