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25 Mikel Leshoure RB
Height/Weight: 6-0/233 | Birthdate: 3/30/1990 | Birthplace: Streator, IL, USA | Team: Detroit | College: Illinois | NFL Experience: 4 | Salary: /images/football/nfl/players/170x170/1619958.png | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 167.50

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Mikel Leshoure sent packing by Lions


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) Running back Mikel Leshoure has been waived by the Lions, the Detroit Free Press has reported.

Leshoure peaked with Detroit in 2012, when he played in 14 games and rushed for 798 yards as the featured back. He was active for just three games in 2013.


Mikel Leshoure expected to get cut


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) ESPN.com's latest projection has the Lions releasing running back Mikel Leshoure. The website expects Detroit to keep Reggie Bush, Joique Bell, Theo Riddick, Jed Collins and Montell Owens at running back.

Mikel Leshoure still part of team's plans


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/25/2014) Lions running back Mikel Leshoure appears to be No. 4 on the depth chart to open the season behind Reggie Bush, Joique Bell and Theo Riddick, but the team has other plans, reports mlive.com.

"I think Mikel has a chance to be a big part of what we do," running backs coach Curtis Modkins said. "As a matter of fact, I'm anticipating him being a big part of what we do and a big role in our success."

While it would seem tough for Leshoure to get consistent work this year, the new offensive system in Detroit could help. Offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi developed his scheme while in New Orleans the past seven years, and New Orleans is known for using a fleet of tailbacks.

Four had at least 53 carries last year, compared to just two for Detroit. Given that context, Modkins' prediction doesn't seem so far-fetched.

Still, since he is behind Bush, Bell and Riddick, don't count on Leshoure to do much in 2014.


Mikel Leshoure getting extended look


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) Lions running back Mikel Leshoure, inactive for 13 games last year, is getting increased reps this spring as Joique Bell rehabs a knee injury. "I’m taking full advantage of it,” Leshoure told the team's website. "Right now coach is giving me the opportunity to get more carries. Theo [Riddick] is getting a few more reps, too, and we’re here to take full advantage of it.

"We weren’t out there a lot last year, so to get our opportunities, whether it’s OTAs or minicamp, training camp or whatever it is, you have to take advantage of it."

Leshoure, who's entering the final year of his rookie contract, is optimistic he'll find a role in the new offense since coordinator Joe Lombardi has a history of rotating running backs with different strengths.


Mikel Leshoure excused for off-field matter


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2014) Lions running back Mikel Leshoure practiced on the first day of minicamp, but missed the final two workouts for an off-field matter, reports MLive.com.

"He did have a personal issue, let's put it that way," coach Jim Caldwell said. "We knew he was gone and what was happening. We were well aware of it."

Mikel Leshoure skips voluntary minicamp


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) Running back Mikel Leshoure is one of four Lions not participating in the team's voluntary minicamp, reports MLive.com. Leshoure is No. 4 on the team's depth chart and was active for only three games last year.

Lions not trading Mikel Leshoure


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said he has "zero interest" in trading running back Mikel Leshoure, reports the Detroit Free Press. Leshoure played in just three games last year, running twice for 9 yards.

Lions still counting on Mikel Leshoure


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/21/2014) The Lions might still have use for running back Mikel Leshoure in 2014, reports the Detroit News. General manager Martin Mayhew said Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine that Leshoure will have a clean slate this season.

"I think he’s obviously a very talented guy," Mayhew said. "He did not get a lot of opportunities last year. Our system last year was really a two-back system. If Joique (Bell) and Reggie (Bush) were healthy, they were going to get the bulk of the carries … (Leshoure) couldn't break into the top two.”

Leshoure, the team’s second-round pick in 2011, was active for three games last season, playing behind Bush, Bell and rookie Theo Riddick, who had a role on special teams. Leshoure had two carries the entire season.


Lions reveal Week 16 inactives


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) The Lions have ruled Kellen Moore, Brandon Pettigrew, Mikel Leshoure, Chris Houston, Rashean Mathis, Leroy Harris and Rodney Austin inactive for Sunday's home game against the Giants in Week 16.

Lions announce Week 15 inactives


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2013) Lions cornerbacks Chris Houston (toe) and Darius Slay (knee), quarterback Kellen Moore, running back Mikel Leshoure, guard Rodney Austin, center Leroy Harris and offensive tackle Jason Fox were declared inactive for the game vs. Baltimore.

Offensive linemen dominate Lions inactive list


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) Three offensive linemen are among the seven players on the Lions inactive list for the game Sunday against the Eagles. They are Rodney Austin, Leroy Harris and Corey Hilliard.

The others are quarterback Kellen Moore, running back Mikel Leshoure and cornerbacks Darius Slay and Chris Greenwood.


Lions serve up their Week 13 inactives


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/28/2013) Players listed by the Lions as inactives for their Thanksgiving afternoon game vs. the Packers include: Receiver Michael Spurlock, quarterback Kellen Moore, cornerback Chris Houston, running back Mikel Leshoure and offensive linemen Leroy HarrisRodney Austin and Corey Hilliard.

Darius Slay will start at cornerback in place of Houston. 


Lions release Week 12 inactive list


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2013) The Lions have released their inactive report for the game Sunday against Tampa Bay. It includes two players listed with injuries - cornerback Jonte Green (illness) and tackle Corey Hilliard (knee).

The other inactives are center Leroy Harris, defensive end Austen Lane, running back Mikel Leshoure, quarterback Kellen Moore and wide receiver Michael Spurlock.


Nate Burleson among Week 10 inactives for Detroit


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2013) The Lions have officially listed the following players as inactive for Week 10 against the Bears: wide receiver Nate Burleson, quarterback Kellen Moore, running back Mikel Leshoure, cornerback Bill Bentley, guard Leroy Harris, tackle, Corey Hilliard and defensive tackle Ezekiel Ansah.

Lions list Week 8 healthy inactives


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/27/2013) The Detroit Lions listed several healthy inactive players for the Week 8 game against the Cowboys. Those players are as follows: QB Kellen Moore; C Leroy Harris; RB Mikel Leshoure; and WR/KR Micheal Spurlock

Report: Lions trying to gauge trade value for Mikel Leshoure


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/27/2013) The Lions have been calling around the league to gauge the trade value of backup running back Mikel Leshoure, according to CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. However, the market is limited for LeShoure, according to league sources.

Mikel Leshoure 'ready' if backup RB is sidelined


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2013) Lions running back Mikel Leshoure is eager to take on a bigger role offensively if backup running back Joique Bell sits out or is limited Week 7 vs. Cincinnati because of a rib injury.

"Bring it on," Leshoure said, per MLive.com. "I'm ready."

Leshoure received his first carries of the season Week 6 at Cleveland after Bell left the game. He totaled two carries for 9 yards.

"He didn't play very much, but when he went in there, we handed him the football," Schwartz said. "He played a lot of football for us last year, he will be a big part of what we do. We wouldn't have him on the team if we didn't think we could plug him in and he could tribute and he could play well."


Two Lions make minor contributions in defeat of Browns


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2013) Seven Lions receivers caught passes Sunday in Cleveland, including six on the first two possessions. The only exception was wide receiver Kevin Ogletree, who caught one second-half pass for 5 yards. Also contributing offensively was running back Mikel Leshoure, who added 9 yards on two carries.

Calvin Johnson highlights Lions' inactive list


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2013) The Lions inactive list featured one huge surprise for Week 5 against the Packers, as wide receiver Calvin Johnson (knee) was unable to take the field.

Johnson is joined by fellow wideout Nate Burleson, quarterback Kellen Moore, running back Mikel Leshoure, guard Leroy Harris, tackle LaAdrian Waddle and defensive back Jonte Green.  


Lions inactives Week 4


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2013) The Lions have made WRs Nate Burleson & Patrick Edwards, QB Kellen Moore, RB Mikel Leshoure, OLs Leroy Harris & Jason Fox and DT D'Anthony Smith inactive Week 4 against the Bears.

Mikel Leshoure open to trade?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2013) Lions running back Mikel Leshoure denied Wednesday any report stating he said he would be open to a trade because of his diminished role, according to MLive.com. However, when asked if he would welcome a trade, Leshoure didn't exactly back off.

"I just want to play," he said. "That's all I want -- to play. Like I said it before, just a lot of speculation because of the fact I'm not on the field, people just wondering what's going on. But I want to play, and that's it."

Despite the trade speculation, Leshoure said general manager Martin Mayhew told him a few weeks ago he wasn't being dealt.

"Last time I talked to him, he pretty much said he wants me here," Leshoure said. "He doesn't have any intentions on trading me. It's a long season, and he wants me to be here just in case. You never know what happens. It's a long season. Backs get banged up, somebody can go down, and I guess more so a security blanket."


Mikel Leshoure doesn't see any touches


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2013) Lions running back Mikel Leshoure was not a healthy inactive Sunday for the Week 3 win at Washington. It is the first time he wasn't listed among the team's inactive players.

That said, Leshoure did not see a touch in the game despite Reggie Bush's absence due to an injury. Joique Bell shouldered the load for the Lions.

CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported before the game that the Lions rebuffed all trade scenarios coming from the Colts last week regarding Leshoure.

Lions inactives Week 2


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2013) The Lions have made Nick Fairley, Mikel Leshoure, Ryan Broyles, Jason Fox, Don Carey, Kellen Moore and Leroy Harris inactive for Week 2 against the Cardinals. 

Fairley has been dealing with a shoulder injury, but was able to practice on a limited basis Friday. Broyles will remain out while trying to recover from an ACL injury. Leshoure is once again a healthy scratch. 


Mikel Leshoure trying not to mope


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2013) Lions running back Mikel Leshoure was a healthy scratch for the win over Minnesota as Reggie Bush and Joique Bell flourished. Leshoure is trying to stay upbeat and not be a distraction.

"You can’t be moping around. You can’t be crying,” Leshoure said, via ESPN.com. “One thing that hasn’t changed is my confidence in myself and the things that I feel I can do to help this team. That hasn’t changed and it won’t change.

“So for me to be just pouting about not being on the field, that’s just, that’s stupid. It’s going to hurt the team and I don’t want to be a bug or a virus in this locker room. And I’m not going to be.”


Mikel Leshoure can be dropped for waiver wire darlings


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/10/2013) Lions running back Mikel Leshoure is owned in 29 percent of leagues, and that number may drop dramatically by the time Detroit's Week 2 matchup around the Cardinals rolls around. 

Leshoure was a healthy scratch for Week 1 and had to watch as Reggie Bush and Joique Bell provided a 1-2 knockout punch against the Vikings. It's gotten to the point where he probably needs an injury in order to get more than five carries a week, if that. 

Leshoure may have some value as a third-down or goal-line back later in the season, but with the way the Detroit offense exploded without him, Leshoure's roster spot is better used for a speculative play on Julian Edelman or even Alfonso Smith/Jacquizz Rodgers-type for now.