Lions rookie RB Mikel Leshoure tore his Achilles tendon during Monday morning's practice, according to Lions head coach Jim Schwartz. As a result, the illinois product will miss the season.
Leshoure, a second-round pick in April's draft, was carrying the ball during a full-team period when he suffered the injury. He was carted off the field after going down.
This is the third significant injury suffered by a high Lions draft pick this training camp. The team's top pick, DT Nick Fairley, is sidelined with a fractured foot and second-round WR Titus Young has been hobbled by a hamstring injury which caused him to miss a week's worth of practices.
The way we see it
The loss of Leshoure is a major blow to the Lions' offense. He was expected to have a major role as a complement to the smaller, faster Jahvid Best. Leshoure wasn't expected to start, but he was going to get a good deal of the backfield touches.
It will be interesting to see how the Lions proceed at running back. Best is a game-breaker, but he was nagged by a turf toe injury a season ago and isn't suited to be a workhorse back. Of the backs currently on the roster, Maurice Morris and Aaron Brown are the most likely to get more work in Leshoure's absence.
However, Detroit might have to think about adding another back to the mix. The ranks of the free-agent RB class has dwindled, but a few notable names are still available, including Ricky Williams and Clinton Portis.