Mikel Leshoure Reinstated for the Detroit Lions

By Tina Musial

There is one thing going for the offense of the Detroit Lions tonight. They have reinstated Mikel Leshoure following his mandatory two week suspension for drug possession in the off season. The NFL officially lifted his suspension this afternoon, making him eligible for reinstatement. The Lions jumped as soon as he was available. Coach Jim Schwartz has said he was ready for him to practice and expects big things out of him. Soon. Very soon. Leshoure is expected to fill a gap in the Lions running game that has been evident in the first two games of the season.

The downside to this news is that someone has to go. The Lions have 48 hours to cut someone else to stick with league rules on the 53 man roster. Will they cut a different running back and keep the same number they have? Will they eliminate some depth in another position in an effort to bolster the running game, which has been weak in the first two games?

Low man on the seniority seems to be Joique Bell, even though he had a decent showing in game two. He scored a touchdown in game one. But is it enough for him to remain a Detroit Lion this season? Insiders say it is not and they expect him to be released in the next two days. Are they going to be right?

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