Mikel Leshoure declares his Achilles 100 percent healed

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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.

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.

7 responses to “Mikel Leshoure declares his Achilles 100 percent healed

  1. Mikel will contribute heavily to the running game this year. I expect big things from him and hope he’s solved his off-field problem. Play with determination young man

  2. Awesome news. He is exactly what the Lions need in their offense: a big back who is a north/south runner. Now Best can be used in more of a Darren Sproles roll instead of a between-the-tackles runner.

    Controlling the clock wasn’t something the Lions were good at last year. Look for that to change big time in 2012.

  3. Somehow I doubt he’ll be the first RB in the history of the NFL to recover 100% from a fully torn achilles, let alone in less than a year.

  4. Who knows? He’s the first guy we’ve seen to have this happen young. IIRC the other guys who tear achilles’ have been way older.

  5. torn achilles is pretty much a career ending injury. I’d be impressed if he ever regains that burst again. Best of luck to him, but i’m not optimistic at all about this guys future.

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