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Lions RB Leshoure out for year

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Associated Press
August 9, 2011
— The banged-up Detroit Lions have taken another hit. A big one.

Running back Mikel Leshoure tore his left Achilles tendon on Monday, ending his season before it began.


"There's no more tests that need to be done. He'll have surgery very soon," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. "He'll be back, but he won't be back this year."


The rookie was injured after being hit high, quickly and clean, by defensive end Cliff Avril during an 11-on-11 drill in practice.


The Lions were counting on the second-round pick from Illinois to provide power in the backfield to go along with the slight and speedy Jahvid Best, who struggled to stay healthy last year as a rookie and in college at California.


The 5-foot-10, 199-pound Best insists he can be an every-down back. "I definitely think so," he said. "Size doesn't have anything to do with it."


The Lions, though, already have started looking into bolstering their backfield, especially with Maurice Morris out with a broken right hand.


Detroit's options may include Tiki Barber, Jerome Harrison and Kevin Smith, whom the team chose not to re-sign in the offseason.


First-round defensive tackle Nick Fairley had surgery on his left foot last week and will miss most, if not all, of training camp. Second-round receiver Titus Young has been limited to individual drills because of a leg injury.



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