Another Blow for the Unlucky Lions

Mikel Leshoure's Achilles is another blow for the upstart Lions. (Photo courtesy of Zimbio)

As optimism surrounded the Detroit Lions, skepticism remained around the team. Questions like, “Will Matthew Stafford stay healthy?” “Can they shore up the secondary and linebacker groups?” Now, there is a blow that will likely hurt the Lions before they even play a preseason game.

Rookie running back Mikel Leshoure, a second round draft pick out of the University of Illinois, will miss the entire 2011 campaign with a torn Achilles Tendon. That is a huge loss for a team looking to continue it’s success from the end of 2010.

The Lions arguably had one of the best drafts in 2011. They were able to solidify one of the top defensive lines, by adding Nick Fairley out of Auburn when he slid to them at pick 13. In the second round they added Boise State big play receiver Titus Young, who eventually will form a dynamic duo with Calvin Johnson. Leshoure was added with their second, second round pick.

Fairley has already missed time in training camp with a foot injury, and now Leshoure is lost for the season due to a high hit by DE, Cliff Avril. What once looked like a team on the rise, with a chance to get to 8-8 or better, now looks like a team with a bleak outlook for 2011.  It is only a matter of time until, umm drum roll please…. Stafford separates his shoulder yet again, which should completely ruin the year.

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  • Obnxs1

    You see the tweet from Brad Biggs that this was the 10th player this preseason to tear his Achilles? Seems like an awful high incidence of this going on already. Obviously though our fearless commissioner will make this a hot button issue this year.

  • Obnxs1

    You see the tweet from Brad Biggs that this was the 10th player this preseason to tear his Achilles? Seems like an awful high incidence of this going on already. Obviously though our fearless commissioner will make this a hot button issue this year.

  • JasonSteinlauf

    Yes I did see the tweet. It does seem like an awful high number of people that have gone down with that injury. Although, I was listening to the Score this afternoon, and they were talking about how Dr’s. say that with the Achilles, it is not necessarily the hit itself, but it deteriorates and goes when it is ready to go. It is a mystery; and I would have to say that if this continues to occur at this rate, maybe it has something to do with the conditioning practices of the individual players pre-lockout.

    Thanks for reading and commenting!

  • JasonSteinlauf

    Yes I did see the tweet. It does seem like an awful high number of people that have gone down with that injury. Although, I was listening to the Score this afternoon, and they were talking about how Dr’s. say that with the Achilles, it is not necessarily the hit itself, but it deteriorates and goes when it is ready to go. It is a mystery; and I would have to say that if this continues to occur at this rate, maybe it has something to do with the conditioning practices of the individual players pre-lockout.

    Thanks for reading and commenting!

  • BearGogglesOn

    I wonder if Matt Forte has taken notice of the rash of serious training camp injuries? If he and the Bears can’t come to agreement on a contract before Saturday’s game with the Bills, will he sit out? Lovie Smith wasn’t having it when asked about it, saying he decides on the playing time. Situation could get ugly. Something to keep an eye on.

  • BearGogglesOn

    I wonder if Matt Forte has taken notice of the rash of serious training camp injuries? If he and the Bears can’t come to agreement on a contract before Saturday’s game with the Bills, will he sit out? Lovie Smith wasn’t having it when asked about it, saying he decides on the playing time. Situation could get ugly. Something to keep an eye on.

  • Obnxs1

    @BearGogglesOn I’m sure Forte and his agent have their eyes on this and will act accordingly. Forte has been nothing but classy about his contract situation as it stands and Angelo is doing his typical BS and back burnering it because he has no clue WTF he’s doing. Was out running errands yesterday and caught Holmes and Bernstein talking about it and they made a good point. Typically when it comes to this type of extension you’ve got a good player who wants to stay with the team and would probably work with a home team discount. Of course this means Angelo will probably low ball the s%@t out of him. I thoroughly expect this deal to go down at the last possible moment or not at all considering who’s involved. Considering Angelo’s record I don’t expect to see Forte suited up on Saturday.

  • Obnxs1

    @BearGogglesOn I’m sure Forte and his agent have their eyes on this and will act accordingly. Forte has been nothing but classy about his contract situation as it stands and Angelo is doing his typical BS and back burnering it because he has no clue WTF he’s doing. Was out running errands yesterday and caught Holmes and Bernstein talking about it and they made a good point. Typically when it comes to this type of extension you’ve got a good player who wants to stay with the team and would probably work with a home team discount. Of course this means Angelo will probably low ball the s%@t out of him. I thoroughly expect this deal to go down at the last possible moment or not at all considering who’s involved. Considering Angelo’s record I don’t expect to see Forte suited up on Saturday.