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Draft Scout *Mikel Leshoure News
07/28/14 - RB Mikel Leshoure, the fourth-year back, had some reps with the first team Monday, though he's still behind Joique Bell and Reggie Bush. Leshoure thinks he can play more this season with a new coaching staff.
"I feel like I'll get a role somewhere," he said.
09/16/13 - RB Mikel Leshoure was a healthy scratch for the second straight week as the Lions continue to dress three running backs (Reggie Bush, Joique Bell and Theo Riddick). Leshoure, in a report by ESPN, said he would be open to being traded to a more run-oriented team. The Lions may not be all that anxious to move him. He offers them a comfortable insurance policy against an injury to Bush or Bell.
05/30/13 - RB Mikel Leshoure has yet to participate in any of the Detroit Lions' Organized Team Activities (OTAs) while he deals with a hamstring problem.
Meanwhile, Reggie Bush, Joique Bell, Theo Riddick and Steven Miller have been getting a lot of work in the place of the team's featured ballcarrier.
"He's been set back," coach Jim Schwartz said. "But it's nothing that will hold him back long-term. This time of year you are careful not to push anybody back too quickly."
Missing reps is the last thing Leshoure needs after missing his rookie season with Achilles surgery and enduring an inconsistent season last year.
"We've seen a lot of different cases where guys come back from a major injury, like an ACL or something, and then have hamstring or ankle issues. It is possible that could be the case," Schwartz said. "He had times last year when he played well, but he wasn't consistent over the course of the season. Whether that was because of the injury or the fact that it was essentially his rookie year, but he has to be consistent from week to week. That's the thing that is on his plate right now."
05/22/13 - Mikel Leshoure was held out of drills Wednesday. "He's battling some stuff," head coach Jim Schwartz said. "He can do some individual stuff but he's not ready to do any team work."
01/09/13 - RB Mikel Leshoure, in his first full season in the NFL after Achilles surgery in 2011, produced 798 yards with nine touchdowns. His four lost fumbles (he didn't fumble once at Illinois) was an issue. By the end of the season he was showing more quickness to the hole and more elusiveness. It gives hope that there's still another gear or two he can get to.