Mikel LeShoure expected back to practice next week


The Lions have been thin at running back all training camp, but they’re about to get at least one of them back.

Mikel LeShoure is expected to return to practice next week, according to Anwar Richardson of MLive.com.

LeShoure, coming off last year’s Achilles tear, has been sidelined most of camp with a hamstring problem.

“Hopefully,” Leshoure said. “I’m starting to run now. You never know how these days go, but I hope to get back on the field next week. . . .

“I’m definitely ready to get out there, but I know injuries are part of the game. It’s all about taking your time and healing right. It’s a long season. I’ll be out there when I get out there.”

With LeShoure sidelined, and Jahvid Best yet to be cleared because of concussions, Kevin Smith has been working with the starters.

Of course, LeShoure won’t play the first two games because of a suspension, so getting used to life without him isn’t the worst idea anyway.