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Backus, Leshoure injured on second day of Lions practice

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Every year, we know that there will be injuries.  But we never know who will suffer them.

The war of attrition has commenced in Michigan, with a pair of injuries on the second day of training camp.

According to Anwar Richardson of, left tackle Jeff Backus and running back Mikel Leshoure have an injured thumb and hamstring, respectively.

Last year, Leshoure tore an Achilles tendon early in camp.  He missed the entire season.

This time around, Leshoure is day-to-day.  Backus, however, could have a broken bone.

“He hurt his thumb in one-on-one [drills],” coach Jim Schwartz said of Backus. “Went in and got X-rays.  Didn’t return to practice.  We’re going to wait and see what those looks like.  It wasn’t real determinate right away, but there’s some findings on there, so we’ll look at it later this afternoon.”

Schwartz suggested that, even if it’s broken, Backus will be ready to go when the real games start.

“Guys have played with a lot worse, but obviously, it’s a training camp practice practice, we’re not going to push through a situation like that,” Schwartz said.  “We’ll just wait and see.”

That’s what every fan is doing right now.  Waiting and seeing whether the injury bug strikes their favorite team’s camp, and quietly hoping (without ever admitting it) that a key player or three from a division rival tears an ACL.

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21 Responses to “Backus, Leshoure injured on second day of Lions practice”
  1. nflfollower says: Jul 28, 2012 5:01 PM

    Well I for one am glad they are in camp and off the streets. Old responsible guys like backus excluded, of course.

  2. thetwilightsown says: Jul 28, 2012 5:01 PM

    Brutal truth for brutal game.

  3. hyzers says: Jul 28, 2012 5:03 PM

    Backus (Sackus) gets hated on a lot but smart football fans know he has been a solid player the past decade. He consistently has graded out among the best OTs in the NFC North year in and year out.

    He’ll be good to go when the games start. Should he go down. Reiff will pick up the flag.

    Go Lions.

  4. kgun80 says: Jul 28, 2012 5:12 PM

    I’m going to be real surprised if the Lions make the playoffs again this year..lots of off field issues and injuries, outside of the line the D is suspect. Not to mention they play in a division with the Packers and a Bears team that could be good be much better.

  5. steelerhypocrite says: Jul 28, 2012 5:23 PM

    You know what helps heal a broken thumb and sore hamstring? Dope. Now only if the Lions could find some…

  6. mazenblue says: Jul 28, 2012 5:34 PM

    I don’t know how you all feel, but K Smith wants to win more than anybody in the world. That’s who I hope can stay healthy. Classy dude, very deserving.

  7. skoobyfl says: Jul 28, 2012 5:37 PM

    Camp is the only safe place for NFL players.

  8. mazenblue says: Jul 28, 2012 5:50 PM

    kgun80 says: Jul 28, 2012 5:12 PM

    I’m going to be real surprised if the Lions make the playoffs again this year..lots of off field issues and injuries

    That’s were most would disagree. None of them arrested contributed much last season. Berry was the main reason our secondary was terrible. He’s a number 2 on the lions, and practice squad talent to rest of teams.Culbreath, zero games. Leshoure, zero games. And Fairley was limited in the ten games he was playing in. If you take away all the completions to Johnson, Stafford still has more passing yards than the bears. Plus, stafford separated his shoulder and next play won the game. In a meaningless game. In a playoff game, cutler quit on his team. Lions have better shot at playoffs than bears. As for the packers, well, hopefully self destruction isn’t the name of the game this year.

  9. ohenry78 says: Jul 28, 2012 5:53 PM

    Maybe they should have tried skeet shooting after all….

  10. bigwalt2990 says: Jul 28, 2012 6:04 PM

    LeShoure in the locker room after practice: “I’m straight”…. And if Backus’ injury is even semi-serious, he’ll be in a cast tomorrow. We’ll know more then.

  11. beerbudsnbevo says: Jul 28, 2012 6:28 PM

    The smart money says the Packers win the North…

  12. johnnycash19 says: Jul 28, 2012 6:30 PM

    Leshoure stayed on the field and Backus came back out of the lock room jogging down the sideline. Neither are long term injuries.

  13. irishgary says: Jul 28, 2012 6:45 PM


    great post, but the lions do have enough practice with guns, no need for skeet shooting.


    No most would not agree, Megatron is your only weapon


  14. nocowardlylion says: Jul 28, 2012 6:46 PM

    It’s not the offseason troubles that scare me so much … I think that once the season starts those things won’t be a distraction. It’s injuries to key players that concern me more. Hopefully the Backus and Leshoure injuries are minor and the rest of the team can stay healthy. If they can, I think this team can be more than just competitive. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  15. beedubyatoo says: Jul 28, 2012 8:01 PM

    Apparently Lions’ fans are Packer obsessed. The Lons play 14 other games of which they MIGHT win 7.

  16. emmonsh says: Jul 28, 2012 8:17 PM

    hey irishgay, you dont call stafford a weapon. titus young. burleson,pettegrew,schaffer? where do these idiots come from. lions are packed with talent.

  17. lushy21 says: Jul 28, 2012 11:09 PM


    Schaffer gone be a beast this year! Our SECRET weapon this year;)


  18. Soulman45 says: Jul 29, 2012 12:43 AM

    Will go 16-0 win the North and the Super Bowl.

    That sound like the Lions haters how do anyone know how the season will play out.

    12-4 win a playoff game.

  19. purpleguy says: Jul 29, 2012 1:51 AM

    So LeShoure smokes dope, gets busted twice, is injured his whole first year, and is injured again his second year after his first couple days of practice? What work ethic, discipline and dedication.

  20. funktron2x says: Jul 29, 2012 2:43 AM

    @ beedubyatwo: Ain’t a Lions fan in here talking about the Packers, lol. What we have here is a case of WTF you talkin bout, boy? 🙂

  21. jimmylions says: Jul 30, 2012 2:17 AM

    “That’s what every fan is doing right now. Waiting and seeing whether the injury bug strikes their favorite team’s camp, and quietly hoping (without ever admitting it) that a key player or three from a division rival tears an ACL.”

    Speak for yourself!

    Everyone in Detroit and Dallas were excited and loved seeing Barry Sanders and Emmit Smith face off on MNF, way back when. Only a jerk would have been wishing that one or the other got hurt.

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