Report: Lions to release RB Mikel Leshoure

By Ryan Wilson |

Consistency and luck are hallmarks of successful NFL teams. The Lions haven't had much of either in recent years, and their 2011 draft class embodies that. The team released running back Mikel Leshoure Saturday, a 2011 second-round pick, which leaves just one player from that class: defensive lineman Nick Fairley.

The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett first reported the news.

Leshoure, who starred at Illinois, started 14 games in 2012 after missing his rookie season with an Achilles injury. He rushed for 798 yards on 215 carries, a pedestrian 3.7 YPC average, but scored nine touchdowns. Last season he appeared in just three games and logged two carries.

At 24, Leshoure will likely get an opportunity to make another NFL roster.

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