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Reports: Leshoure out in Detroit

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With Joe Lombardi bringing the Saints’ offense to Detroit, a three-headed tailback monster could be a real possibility — which in theory gave former second-round draft pick Mikel Leshoure a spot in the rotation with Reggie Bush and Joique Bell.

While the Lions may still use three tailbacks on a consistent basis, Leshoure won’t be one of them.  According to multiple reports, the Lions will cut Leshoure.

Drafted in 2011, Leshoure’s rookie year ended before it began, with a torn Achilles tendon.  In 2012, he started 14 games, gaining 798 yard.  Last year, however, he played in only three games, getting the ball twice for nine yards.

The departure of Leshoure could be good news for Theo Riddick or George Winn, or both.  They’re the next two tailbacks on the roster after Leshoure.

The move makes the team’s 2011 draft officially a disaster, given that the Lions took soon-to-be-gone defensive tackle Nick Fairley in the first round and spent another second-round selection on long-gone receiver Titus Young.

Leshoure and his non-guaranteed salary of $645,000 will now hit the waiver wire, since he doesn’t have four years of service.

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  1. The Steelers are Marching and the world cowers. The three rivers were made from your tears and we build boats. We build lots of boats. We walk beside pristine trophy cases and engraved gold. They say it's lonely at the top, but we sure like the view. says: Aug 30, 2014 11:09 AM

    Another day, another bust. Wow, it’s great to be the Steelers.

  2. maestro1899 says: Aug 30, 2014 11:09 AM

    The Colts would be smart to claim him on waivers…if he makes it that far.

  3. acmepackers says: Aug 30, 2014 11:10 AM

    This is where GB and MN fans can unite and find common ground: Detroit is awful.

  4. pacificnw7722 says: Aug 30, 2014 11:11 AM

    I could see the Hawks picking him up.

  5. itssocoldinthed says: Aug 30, 2014 11:11 AM

    Goodbye mikel we barely knew thee.

    I don’t think it’s a foregone conclusion that fairley is out next year.

  6. jacobmcbride1 says: Aug 30, 2014 11:13 AM

    The Lions three running back rotation never included Leshoure, Riddick was always ahead of him, he never had a chance to make the roster because Winn is a better running back, plays special teams, and can be stashed on the practice squad, I wish nothing but the worst to Leshoure, he has the maturity of an 8 year old and thinks he is a superstar, not to mention he ate a bag of weed right in front of a cop

  7. bassplucker says: Aug 30, 2014 11:14 AM

    Yeah between him and Titus Young that’s not much return on investment for two 2nd rounders. I think it’s a bit early to write off Fairly but if he doesn’t pull it together either then that front office has some ‘splaining to do.

  8. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Aug 30, 2014 11:15 AM

    Some might say that Leshoure’s career went “up in smoke”.

  9. packerbackernj says: Aug 30, 2014 11:18 AM

    acmepackers says:
    Aug 30, 2014 11:10 AM
    This is where GB and MN fans can unite and find common ground: Detroit is awful.

    Minn is worse.

  10. jacobmcbride1 says: Aug 30, 2014 11:22 AM

    whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says:
    Aug 30, 2014 11:15 AM
    Some might say that Leshoure’s career went “up in smoke”.


    He doesn’t smoke the weed, he eats it

  11. fluffy19 says: Aug 30, 2014 11:25 AM

    Remember after his first (maybe only?) 100 yard game when all (3) Lions fans claimed he was better than AD? I do. It was sweet.

  12. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 30, 2014 11:26 AM

    That’s too bad, I hate to have to see draft picks get cut, but that’s why you have depth. Although they could have also tried to figure out a trade option from within that group, or not spent so much money on FA RBs as well as another draft pick on that RB depth that will now replace this higher round RB that they picked beforehand. Now he’s just another wasted draft pick like Jonte Green recently turned out to be. Good luck to the Colts fan that is interested in a free former pick!

  13. thetruthcampaign says: Aug 30, 2014 11:27 AM

    The Lions have talent pouring out at RB and WR this season. It was never exciting knowing Leshoure was in the game.

  14. tigerlilac says: Aug 30, 2014 11:30 AM

    I remember the outrage of so-called Patritos fans when Bill took Shane Vereen one spot ahead of Mikel Leshoure in the second round. You know who Belichick is, right? He’s the guy that everyone says is a terrible GM.

  15. purpleguy says: Aug 30, 2014 11:40 AM

    What’s the deal with the Lions and second round draft picks?

  16. tigerlilac says: Aug 30, 2014 11:43 AM

    By the way, the Pats got the Shane Vereen pick from the Saints in 2011 when they let the Saints take Mark Ingram. The other player the Patriots harvested from that trade was get defensive end Chandler Jones. In short, Belichick traded Mark Ingram for Shane Vereen and Chandler Jones. What a terrible GM.

  17. hacksaw44 says: Aug 30, 2014 11:52 AM

    … Not surprised to hear that the Lions let him go, especially with the way George Winn has played.
    Still think someone thin at running back will pick him up as a backup though.
    I don’t think we are going to have to worry about him coming back to burn us.

  18. tigerlilac says: Aug 30, 2014 11:53 AM

    For people knocking the Lions for drafting Leshoure, I suggest going back and seeing the long list of failed running backs from the 2011 draft. The NFL is not easy to make, never mind excel. The best teams admit their mistakes and move on while the weak teams hang on to their mistakes trying to look good.

  19. mylionsroaring says: Aug 30, 2014 11:59 AM

    We all seen this coming, the real question is who will be the WR cut

  20. mrwalterisgod says: Aug 30, 2014 12:11 PM

    Another day, another bust. Wow, it’s great to be the Steelers.


    Uh, no, it’s great to be the Seahawks. We’ll be curb stomping the old, finesse, Steelers next year when you come to town.

  21. darinindetroit says: Aug 30, 2014 12:26 PM

    Later Mikel. All these Detroit haters……can’t wait to talk again after the North is OURS. Minn?? Lol. Enjoy your season.

  22. hyzers says: Aug 30, 2014 12:30 PM

    He’s slow, lacks vision and dances around in the hole. Seems like every time he gets the ball he’s putting his head down running into the back of an offensive lineman.

  23. metrocritical says: Aug 30, 2014 12:41 PM

    To Tigerlilac: Are you suggesting that the Lions are among the best teams? The best teams find contributors throughout the draft every year. No one picks winners at at each round but the good organizations don’t waste draft picks over and over, year after year. By the way, those teams also win key games, win divisions, go to playoff games and win them. Sadly, our Lions don’t do any of those things.

  24. SAV says: Aug 30, 2014 12:50 PM

    Some of these fans are desperate for attention..

  25. milkcan44 says: Aug 30, 2014 12:59 PM

    He was born in prison, had some chances to overcome it, but hasn’t. Hoping he can still take advantage of them.

  26. johnnyjagfan says: Aug 30, 2014 1:21 PM

    JAX should get him he’s better than Jordan Todman, maybe Toby.

  27. simplesimon1 says: Aug 30, 2014 1:22 PM

    He’s a good guy. As a Lions fan I always hoped he’d regain that burst he showed in college. But, after that Achilles tear right off the bat, he never got it back. And then, after sitting for a year, he can no longer even find the hole. Too bad…he did have the talent. But it was very obvious he was outplayed by all 4 tailbacks this preseason despite getting him more work than any of them in trying to see if there really was anything there.

    I wish him best of luck. Sometimes people just need a change of venue. Hopefully, for him, this is the case.

  28. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Aug 30, 2014 2:29 PM

    Thank God it’s about time. I’m surprised Mayhew’s ego allowed this to happen though. Another wasted second round pick. Fire Mayhew!

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