Lions running back Mikel Leshoure was the last player to trot out of the locker room and onto the field Wednesday morning for practice, which is curious, because no one would have blamed him if he’d camped out at the 50-yard line last night.
Leshoure was back on the practice field after serving a two-game suspension for marijuana possession this offseason. He still has to surrender two more game checks as part of his league-mandated penalty, but Leshoure should be strapping it up Sunday in Tennessee for his first regular season game since the Lions drafted him in the second round in 2010. He missed all of his rookie season last year after tearing his Achilles in training camp.
He split hand-offs with Kevin Smith and the first-team offense in the portion of practice open to the media.
The Lions are hoping Leshoure can give the run game a boost Sunday against the Titans.
Also back at practice for the Lions was cornerback Bill Bentley, who missed last Sunday’s game vs. the 49ers with a concussion.
Cornerback Chris Houston was at practice Wednesday, too, and looked to be doing more in the early portion of practice than he had last week when he was limited all three days of practice. Houston hasn’t played since spraining an ankle in Week 3 of the preseason.
Not participating in practice were: receiver Calvin Johnson, safety Louis Delmas, tight end Tony Scheffler, linebacker Travis Lewis, cornerback Drayton Florence and defensive tackle Corey Williams.
Johnson didn’t practice last Wednesday with a foot injury, either, but played against the 49ers and had eight catches for 94 yards.
The Lions will release the first injury report of the week at 4 p.m. today on Detroitlions.com.
Tags: Bill Bentley, Chris Houston, Mikel Leshoure
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