Leshoure out for the season with a torn Achilles

Posted Aug 8, 2011

Something so tough to witness is a player whose season ends abruptly due to injury.

Rookie running back Mikel Leshoure now falls under that category, suffering a torn Achilles during Monday morning's practice.

"You could tell on the field from the way he went down," said Head Coach Jim Schwartz following practice. "There are no more tests that need to be done. He’ll have surgery very soon - probably tomorrow."

It is a tough blow; obviously for Leshoure, but also for the Detroit Lions.

At 6-0 and 227 pounds, Leshoure offers a different style of running compared with Jahvid Best, a "home-run-hitting" speed back.

"We have some work to do there," said Schwartz of the team's offensive strategy. "(We need to) change plans a little bit. But there’s a lot covered between now and the beginning of the regular season. We’ll work through it the best we can."

With the start of preseason days away, it is tough to look ahead to next year and feel positive, but Schwartz does believe Leshoure will be back.

"He won’t be back this year, but he’ll be back," he said.

Leshoure was impressing both his coaches and teammates the past week and a half in all facets of the game: running, receiving, pass protection and special teams.

"He really made a good impression," said Schwartz. "That was the reason we traded up and were very excited about getting him. We still feel very strongly about him. Like I said: he will be back, it just won't be this season."