NFL Detroit Lions

Mikel Leshoure Misses Practice for Birth of Son, Expected to Play Sunday


Mikel Leshoure did not participate in practice Wednesday for the Detroit Lions. The running back, who was injured his leg during Week 8’s win over the Seattle Seahawks didn’t even attend the team’s practice. Leshoure was at the hospital welcoming his new baby son into the world.

Leshoure’s son weighed 9 lbs. 3oz. and was appropriately named Mikel Leshoure Jr. Leshoure returned to practice on Thursday and despite the injury is expected to play in Sunday’s matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Lions fans and fantasy owners can breathe easier after learning that Leshoure missed practice for a non injury related issue. Leshoure missed all of 2011 with an Achilles tendon tear. Prior to Leshoure’s debut in Week 3 of 2012, Leshoure served a two game suspension on drug related incidents.

Week 3’s game against the Tennessee Titans has proved too be the best of Leshoure’s short NFL career. Leshoure rushed 26 times for 100 yards in that contest. Leshoure remains the only Lions running back to rush for triple digit yardage in the 2012 season.

On the season, Leshoure has 76 rushes for 305 yards with one touchdown. Leshoure also has 20 receptions for 124 yards. One of Leshoure’s flaws continues to be fumbles. In his five games this season, Leshoure has two fumbles, including one in the red zone.

Leshoure has shown a little bit of the reason why the Lions took him in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. The University of Illinois graduate rushed for 1697 yards and 17 touchdowns in his senior season. The Lions spent the 57th overall pick on Leshoure, hoping to use him as their third down back or every down running back.