Mikel Leshoure gets back on the practice field

AP

There haven’t been many days that Mikel Leshoure has been healthy enough to practice since he entered the league, but Wednesday was one of them.

Leshoure went through individual drills at Lions practice Wednesday, the first day that he’s been able to practice since injuring his hamstring on the second day of training camp. Leshoure wasn’t able to do everything with his teammates, as Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reports that he did work with trainers on the side of the field while the rest of the Lions went through team drills.

With Leshoure suspended for the first two games of the season, there’s no need to rush Leshoure back into action in time for Week One. The length of his absence because of last year’s Achilles injury and this year’s hamstring woes does make it important for him to get as many reps in practice as possible, though.

Game action would also be helpful since Leshoure hasn’t played in one since December of 2010. Leshoure hasn’t been officially ruled out of this week’s game against the Ravens, although it is hard to believe he’ll play on Friday with such a limited practice schedule. If Leshoure is able to keep practicing, the game against the Raiders on August 25th could happen and the Lions would take another step toward seeing if Leshoure can fill the role envisioned for him when he was drafted in the second round last year.