Detroit Lions

Position
RB
 
Jersey
25
Name  Mikel Leshoure
Born  3/30/1990
Height  6-0
Weight  227
College  Illinois
9/22/2013 1:27:00 PM
Description: The Lions have already turned down several trade offers for backup running back Mikel Leshoure. SOURCE: CBS Sports
Insight: LeShoure hasn't been active for any of Detroit's first three contests and remains a distant third on the Lions' running back depth chart behind Reggie Bush (now injured) and Joique Bell. He doesn't eat up a lot of yardage but LeShoure has a knack for scoring touchdowns so he could be valuable in the right situation.
 
9/15/2013 1:31:00 PM
Description: Lions halfback Mikel Leshoure wants out of Detroit. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Right now, Leshoure is a distant third on the Lions running back depth chart behind Reggie Bush and Joique Bell and it's clear he isn't happy with his diminished workload. Schefter suggested that the Colts might be in the market for a running back now that Vick Ballard is out with a torn ACL.
 
9/8/2013 11:41:00 AM
Description: Detroit running back Mikel Leshoure is a healthy inactive for Sunday's game against the Vikings.
Insight: Leshoure had 798 yards and nine touchdowns on 215 carries last season, but the team is clearly moving on from the 23-year-old. Reggie Bush and Joique Bell are ahead of him on the depth chart.
 
12/30/2012 4:25:00 PM
Description: Detroit running back Mikel Leshoure rushed for 57 yards on 15 carries Sunday against the Bears but failed to reach the end zone.
Insight: Leshoure's value was entirely tied to his ability to score touchdowns. After rushing for 100 yards in his season debut, Leshoure didn't exceed 84 yards the rest of the season despite receiving at least 10 carries in every game. He'll finish with 798 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on 215 carries in 14 games.
 
12/20/2012 4:26:00 PM
Description: Detroit running back Mikel Leshoure (calf) was limited in practice Thursday but should be fine to play in Saturday's game against the Falcons. SOURCE: Tim Twentyman, DetroitLions.com
Insight: Leshoure has dealt with a variety of nicks and scrapes this season and has been limited in practice plenty of times but hasn't missed a game since returning from a two-game suspension in Week 3. Leshoure hasn't rushed for many yards (57.9 per game) but does have eight rushing touchdowns. He's scored in four of the last five games.
 
11/29/2012 5:21:00 PM
Description: Detroit running back Mikel Leshoure (ankle) returned to practice Thursday. SOURCE: Anwar Richardson, MLive.com
Insight: Leshoure didn't practice Wednesday but appears set to play Sunday against the Colts. It's a favorable matchup for a player who has scored five touchdowns in the last four games.
 
11/28/2012 1:46:00 PM
Description: Detroit running back Mikel Leshoure did not practice on Wednesday though we aren't aware of an injury.
Insight: Leshoure saw 14 touches on Thanksgiving against Houston, but didn't play in the overtime. The situation will need to be watched. Joique Bell would be the starter if Leshoure doesn't suit up.
 
11/11/2012 5:10:00 PM
Description: Detroit running back Mikel Leshoure followed up his three touchdown effort a week ago with just 43 yards on 13 carries.
Insight: Leshoure took advantage of favorable circumstances in Week 9 and really cannot be counted on to produce anything more than flex numbers in deeper leagues going forward.
 
10/31/2012 1:49:00 PM
Description: Detroit running back Mikel Leshoure, who sat out the final quarter and a half Sunday against Seattle, was absent from practice Wednesday, according to beat writer Tim Twentyman.
Insight: Coach Jom Schwartz is denying any injury, but until Leshoure is seen back out on the practice fields fantasy owners should be concerned.
 
10/28/2012 6:12:00 PM
Description: Detroit running back Mikel Leshoure sat out the final quarter and a half Sunday against Seattle but coach Jim Schwartz said after the game that Leshoure was not injured.
Insight: That's bad news for fantasy owners if it's true. It would mean that Leshoure is in Schwartz' dog house for some unknown reason.
 
10/22/2012 11:58:00 PM
Description: Detroit running back Mikel Leshoure carried 12 times for 63 yards against a tough Bears defense but he lost a fumble inside the red zone on the Lions' final drive of the first half.
Insight: Fantasy owners can be relieved that backup Joique Bell fumbled the ball inside the 5-yard line in the third quarter. Leshoure is still the top back on the team and should continue to post decent flex numbers.
 
9/30/2012 4:30:00 PM
Description: Detroit running back Mikel Leshoure handled 17 touches Sunday but he only produced 63 total yards.
Insight: Leshoure wasn't bothered by his groin injury as much as he was Minnesota's overpowering defensive front. The back's day was made worse when he lost a fumble on his longest run of the day. It won't get much easier after the Lions' Week 5 bye with Philadelphia, Chicago and Seattle on the schedule.
 
9/30/2012 10:41:00 AM
Description: Detroit running back Mikel Leshoure (groin) will start Sunday against Minnesota, according to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com.
Insight: Leshoure has been limited in practice all week but there was never a realistic chance that he wouldn't play Sunday. He touched the ball 30 times in his NFL debut last week, and even if his workload decreases the running back still figures to be heavily favored by the Detroit coaching staff as the Lions try to maintain offensive balance.
 
9/28/2012 4:21:00 PM
Description: Detroit running back Mikel Leshoure started and carried the ball 26 times for 100 yards and a touchdown in his NFL debut Sunday against the Titans, but a groin injury has him questionable for Week 4.
Insight: The Lions need to run the ball to be effective so having Leshoure in the lineup is key to having balance and backup Kevin Smith is a batter pass receiver than runner. It appears to be a game-time decision.
 
9/23/2012 5:21:00 PM
Description: Detroit running back Mikel Leshoure started and carried the ball 26 times for 100 yards and a touchdown in his NFL debut Sunday against the Titans. Meanwhile, backup Kevin Smith didn't have a carry.
Insight: Leshoure also caught four balls, topping the projected 15 touches by 15 Sunday. The Lions need to run the ball to be effective so look for Leshoure to continue to be a solid flex play and potential RB2 in all formats.
 
9/23/2012 11:58:00 AM
Description: Detroit running back Mikel Leshoure is starting Sunday, overtaking Kevin Smith. Leshoure will be making his NFL debut after missing all of 2011 due to a ruptured Achilles' tendon and the first two games of 2012 due to suspension.
Insight: Leshoure is expected to get 15 touches. He's a sleeper RB2 against Tennessee's weak defense.
 
9/17/2012 10:52:00 AM
Description: Detroit running back Mikel Leshoure returns from suspension in Week 3 and should see plenty of action.
Insight: Leshoure is a better runner than either Kevin Smith or Joique Bell. Expect a shared situation between Leshoure and Smith with Smith doing most of the receiving work and Leshoure the ground game.
 
8/30/2012 9:28:00 PM
Description: Detroit running back Mikel Leshoure finished the preseason with 44 yards on 20 carries (2.2 ypc).
Insight: Leshoure had a nice 33-yard reception on a screen play Thursday in the team's final preseason game. He's likely to split time with Kevin Smith once Smith is healthy, but neither player figures to be more than a bye week fill-in.
 
8/20/2012 12:46:00 PM
Description: Detroit running back Mikel Leshoure (hamstring), hopes to play in the Lions' third preseason game.
Insight: Leshoure will miss the first two games of the season due to suspension, but could be a touchdowns maker in 2012. At 227 pounds, he's a better option than Kevin Smith or Jahvid Best, if the latter ever returns from his concussion problems.
 
7/9/2012 10:12:00 AM
Description: Coach Jim Schwartz sees Detroit running back Mikel Leshoure as the team's short-yardage back this season.
Insight: Leshoure will miss the first two games of the season due to suspension, but could be a touchdowns maker in 2012. At 227 pounds, he's the obvious choice over 5-10 199 lb Jahvid Best. Leshoure will be a valued handcuff this season because of Best's proclivity for getting injured
 

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