Mikel Leshoure was back at work Tuesday after missing the first two weeks of OTAs (organized team activities) while letting his nagging hamstring heal.
“It’s offseason, OTAs, it’s no time to be out here and rush things. I’m not saying I haven’t been trying to get back, that’s been the plan. We’ve been smarter this year. I feel good today. Today was a good day for me,’’ Leshoure said on Tuesday after limited participation.
He hopes to be ready to roll next week for the mandatory three-day minicamp which starts on Tuesday and for training camp in late July.
This will be a key training camp and preseason for Leshoure, a second-round pick in the 2011 draft — a draft class that has so far been disappointing.
Leshoure missed his rookie season after tearing his Achilles’ early in training camp. There was nothing he could do about that. Those injuries routinely take at least a year to recover from.
But while he was recovering he was charged twice with marijuana possession and suspended for the first two games in his second season.
Then last season he dealt with a nagging hamstring injury which apparently still is not resolved.
The Lions won’t wait on him forever.
was signed this offseason. Joique Bell is back. The Lions drafted running back Theo Riddick out of Notre Dame. And undrafted running back Steven Miller is just itching to prove that he belongs either as a returner or running back or both. Veteran running back Owen Mills was signed last week mostly as a special teams player. Shaun Chapas, who was on the practice squad last year, is listed on the roster as a fullback and works with the running backs.
Leshoure has a bunch of guys chasing him. He needs to stay healthy.