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Lions aren’t sure if Mikel Leshoure will play this week

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In a conversation with the Lions website, offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said that he expected running back Mikel Leshoure to be “heavily involved” in the game plan for Sunday’s game against the Titans.

Either Linehan forgot to ask Jim Schwartz if he was down with that course of action or Schwartz is trying to pass a bit of disinformation because the Lions coach said Tuesday that Leshoure isn’t a sure thing to play now that his two-game suspension has come to an end.

“I don’t know if it’s a given, but he’s on his way,” Schwartz said in an interview on WXYT in Detroit, via Phillip Zaroo of MLive.com. “He did a good job of staying with it. He was suspended (so) he wasn’t allowed to be at our games or our practices, but he could still work out in our facility and go to team meetings, stuff like that. So we saw him around last week. He’s worked really hard to be ready when his number’s called. We’ve been waiting a long time to call his number, so we know he’ll be ready.”

Unless there’s a physical setback, it is hard to imagine Leshoure won’t be on the field come Sunday. The team took a look at veterans Steve Slaton and Ryan Grant on Tuesday, but they decided not to sign either one which means there’s a spot waiting for Leshoure in the lineup. Detroit has waited a long time to see their 2011 second-round pick in meaningful game action and Linehan made it clear that they have ideas about how he can start helping the team on day one.

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9 Responses to “Lions aren’t sure if Mikel Leshoure will play this week”
  1. citynative says: Sep 18, 2012 6:31 PM

    Leshoure is consistent. The Lions have played 18 regular season games since drafting him in 2011, and he 18 for 18 in not suiting up.

  2. lionsdraftguy says: Sep 18, 2012 8:01 PM

    He will be back and contribute. He wont be a 1000 yard rusher, at least not this year.

  3. ocdn says: Sep 18, 2012 8:34 PM

    The Lions need a power spark in their backfield. I hope he can contribute and in turn, help the passing game.

  4. ahs2 says: Sep 18, 2012 8:45 PM

    You nailed it with the second option- you will never get a straight answer from Coach Schwartz unless the league mandates it, LOL!

  5. 1dragonstorm says: Sep 18, 2012 9:04 PM

    lions..one of the NFLS’ most overated teams

  6. dbones750 says: Sep 18, 2012 9:19 PM

    Cool. Now quit smoking pot so you can keep playing.

  7. buffalodiehard says: Sep 18, 2012 10:12 PM

    Not sure about Leshoure? I see what ya did there!

  8. staffordsyear says: Sep 19, 2012 1:27 AM

    Well he better cause i picked him up im fantasy (which honestly doesent matter) and ive been eagerly waiting this draft pick to play since drafted.

  9. cantonbound13 says: Sep 19, 2012 4:43 AM

    He’s going to be better than Javid Best was.

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