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Mikel Leshoure in Lions starting lineup


The Lions have waited 18 regular season games and one playoff contest for a chance to see running back Mikel Leshoure in a game that counts, so it makes sense that they aren’t going to waste any more time.

The 2011 second-round pick will start against the Titans on Sunday after an Achilles injury last year and a two-game suspension this year have kept him from making his NFL debut. The Lions said all week that they had big plans for Leshoure now that he’s eligible to play in a game, with hopes of boosting their average of 82.5 rushing yards per game and 3.8 yards per carry in the first two weeks.

It should be a good day for running back storylines in Nashville. In addition to Leshoure’s debut, you’ve got the continuing saga of Chris Johnson to keep your interest. Javon Ringer is inactive once again, which should mean plenty of work for the man the Titans hope can start resembling CJ2K once again.

Leshoure isn’t the only Lion making his first start of the 2012 season on Sunday. Cornerback Chris Houston is also starting in Tennessee after missing the first two weeks of the season with a sprained ankle. Bill Bentley, who missed last week’s game with a concussion, will be starting on the other side of the field. That’s a nice change for a Detroit secondary that’s been hit hard with injuries, although they will be without safety Louis Delmas and cornerback Jacob Lacey.

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8 Responses to “Mikel Leshoure in Lions starting lineup”
  1. bobhk says: Sep 23, 2012 12:22 PM

    It won’t matter. Lame cats are going to get beat and schnartz will explode mjkelly77

  2. funktron2x says: Sep 23, 2012 12:32 PM

    Come on, Tennessee, play that gimmicky stuff the 49ers can get away with. Let’s see Leshoure in a clean box today!!!

  3. suheveryone says: Sep 23, 2012 12:42 PM

    Lame cats? Wow! Are you in first grade?
    Leshoure is going to be a beast this year. It’s great to finally have him out on the field.
    Go Lions!!!

  4. dickbutts says: Sep 23, 2012 12:50 PM

    Among other things, I imagine his YPC will be real HIGH as he will be FIRED UP to SMOKE the Titans Defense.

  5. stinkythumbs says: Sep 23, 2012 12:56 PM

    Wow, a Lions story without the author taking a cheap shot at the end. Clearly, this was not written by Florio…

  6. jgater1981 says: Sep 23, 2012 12:58 PM

    Good one, Bob. Did it take you all morning to think of that gem?

  7. bobhk says: Sep 23, 2012 1:09 PM

    jgater1981 says:
    Sep 23, 2012 12:58 PM
    Good one, Bob. Did it take you all morning to think of that gem?

    This is a shot at your fellow “fan” mjkelly77 who’s routinely trash sulking on niners threads.
    At least win a game against niners before talking trash.

  8. nflfollower says: Sep 23, 2012 3:39 PM

    Well, leshoure is having a decent game running against a 6 man box. If I’m any defensive coordinator, I would keep playing both safeties 20 yards off the ball, and make the lions offense be methodical. They are scoring less points than last year, so I would keep playing that defensive look. Even if it does mean you give up 4 yards per carry.

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