“Get his pads on and give him the ball,” Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said of the plan for his second-year running back in practice next week.
“I know he’s been working hard. He does have to get his pads back on and get some good work during the week so he’s ready to go, but being able to get him on the field to play during the last (two preseason games) was a big step. And then just picking up where we left off right there at the end of preseason and really not missing a beat, hopefully.”
Leshoure played extensively in the Lions’ final two preseason games after missing the start of training camp with a hamstring injury. He finished the preseason with 20 carries for 44 yards and a touchdown, and caught two passes for 39 yards.
Linehan did not go into any specifics on how he might use both
Leshoure’s penalty for two separate marijuana possession citations this offseason was a two-game suspension and the forfeiture of his game checks from Week 3 and 4. Though Leshoure hasn’t been able to play in games or practice over the last two weeks, he has been in the building working out with trainers and attending team meetings.
“Well, I think we’ve had an excellent plan with him on his training,” Linehan said. “He’s been working extremely hard and is able to do that while he’s not able to participate in practice or anything like that. So, I know he’s been able to work with the strength coaches and get a little out of training that is going to benefit him hopefully when we’re ready to go when he gets back.”
BROYLES ACTIVE IN SAN FRAN?
The Packers all but abandoned their run game early in last week’s loss to the 49ers. The Packers ran the ball just 14 times total in the game and only nine times with running back Cedric Benson. It’s not a big surprise seeing how stingy the 49ers defense is against the run. The 49ers have allowed an averaged of just 3.45 yards per rush since 2010.
If teams are going to beat the 49ers they’re going to do it through the air.
Does that give rookie receiver
“We’ll see, it all depends on how things shake out with our active roster and who’s going to be able to contribute on special teams and who isn’t,” Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said Thursday. “We’re going to get to a point where he will be, whether it’s this week or not will depend on what we decide on Saturday night as far as our active roster.”
The Lions had four receivers, three tight ends and four running backs on the active roster against the Rams.
Broyles, who’s nine months removed from ACL surgery in his left knee, was inactive against the Rams but said this week he knows his time to help this team is coming soon.
“I know my time is going to come and I’m going to continue to work,” he said. “I just have to continue to work as hard as I can on the practice field.”
He was then asked if he expected to be active this week.
“I expect to be up every week," he said with a smile.