Lions running back Mikel Leshoure won’t play 100 percent of the season, but he is declaring himself 100 percent healthy.
Leshoure, who tore his Achilles tendon at the start of training camp last year and was on injured reserve for his entire rookie season, says that after nearly a year of rehab, he is officially 100 percent healthy and that his Achilles is feeling better than ever with ten days to go before the Lions’ veterans report to training camp.
All my fans who are wondering about my health the Achilles is feeling better than ever and I will be going into camp 100 percent—
Mikel LeShoure (@MikelLeShoure25) July 16, 2012
That answers one of the two major questions about Leshoure, whether his health will prevent him from becoming the kind of running back the Lions thought he’d be when they took him in the second round of last year’s draft.
Now for the other question: Will Leshoure’s off-field problems prevent him from making the kinds of contributions the Lions were expecting from him? At the very least, he’ll miss the first two games of the season while he serves his suspension for his two marijuana arrests this year. The Lions have to hope Leshoure can stay out of trouble, while also staying healthy.