Monday, August 15, 2011

Mikel LeShoure tears Achilles, done for the year

Brutal news here, via the Detroit Free Press:

Rookie running back Mikel LeShoure tore his Achilles tendon and was carted off the field during Detroit Lions practice today, head coach Jim Schwartz said. He is out for the rest of the year.

A second-round pick out of Illinois, LeShoure was carrying the ball during a full-team period when he suffered the injury.

This is why we draft our fake teams as late as possible, gamers. Awful injury for a first-year player who was expected to serve in a job-share with Jahvid Best (a guy who has a thick medical history himself).

Before you rearrange your draft board, vaulting Best up a few tiers, perhaps we should see which free agent running back the Lions choose to add. That team drafted LeShoure in part to fill a power role, taking short-yardage, inside-the-5 carries. There are still a few unsigned options available. Ricky Williams, for example, is currently unattached. (Or not. Ricky just attached himself to Baltimore, pending a physical. He'll create problems for Ray Rice, not Best). Jason Snelling and Carnell Williams probably wish they could un-do their deals. Jerome Harrison is still available, although at his size (5-9, 205) he's clearly more like Best than LeShoure.

In any case, Mikel's name gets sent immediately to the do-not-draft file, unless you're involved in a dynasty league. Brad Evans might just need to take the rest of the week off, because he loves LeShoure like a fluffy pet. If you don't hear from him for a while, you'll know the reason.


Update, 8/9: Detroit signed both Harrison and free agent Mike Bell, so they've done as well as could be expected considering the limited options. Harrison and Best could form an interesting tandem, if the Lions choose to split the workload. (If there's a split, it would of course tilt toward Best. He's a dangerous man. But again, you need to back up Best with someone legit, because there's an injury history here). The 225-pound Bell is a very different runner, a guy who's had his finest moments in the NFL as a power specialist and/or rotational player. Maurice Morris and Aaron Brown are still lurking on Detroit's depth chart, too, so Bell isn't guaranteed anything.


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