Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure is hopeful he’ll return to practice next week, after missing much of the first two weeks of training camp with a hamstring injury.
As expected, Leshoure will miss tomorrow’s preseason opener against the Cleveland Browns, but says he hopes to be back next week. If that happens, Leshoure will likely be able to participate in the Lions second preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens.
“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.”
Leshoure’s expectations were high after being drafted prior to the 2011 season, but an Achilles injury sidelined him for the entire year, and off the field issues this offseason have cast a dark shadow over his potential.
But with the future of Jahvid Best still questionable, Leshoure is still expected to make a huge impact this season if he can remain healthy.
- Jahvid Best, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Chris Greenwood, Louis Delmas, and Don Carey were also absent at today’s practice, Ryan Broyles ran just a few routes.
- Safety John Wendling and cornerback Bill Bentley are both expected to start tomorrow against the Browns.