• by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Mikel Leshoure slated to try out for Colts

    Running back Mikel Leshoure, who was waived by the Lions Saturday, is slated to visit with the Colts, according to the Detroit Free Press. Leshoure played in three games last season, totaling two carries for 9 yards.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Mikel Leshoure sent packing by Lions

    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.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Mikel Leshoure expected to get cut

    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.

  • by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

    Mikel Leshoure still part of team's plans

    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.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Mikel Leshoure getting extended look

    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.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Mikel Leshoure excused for off-field matter

    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."

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Mikel Leshoure skips voluntary minicamp

    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.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Lions not trading Mikel Leshoure

    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.

  • by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

    Lions still counting on Mikel Leshoure

    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.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Lions reveal Week 16 inactives

    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.