Detroit Lions running back Mikel LeShoure is currently serving a two-game suspension for off-season marijuana violations, but the team is working him hard in preparation for his week 3 return against the Titans. LeShoure is unable to practice with the team until after their week 2 game against the 49ers, but he's been working with trainers and staff in preparation for his NFL debut. The second-year back missed all of 2011 with a torn Achilles.
Fantasy Analysis: It seems like the Lions would like to use a combination of LeShoure and Kevin Smith starting next week, though they are not much of a running team. This could significantly downgrade Smith's value after he totaled over 91 yards and two touchdowns against the Rams, to see LeShoure begin to steal carries on a team that doesn't run the ball nearly as much as they throw it. Both may also have to face a possible midseason return of Jahvid Best, who should be the primary back if and when he's healthy.
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