ALLEN PARK, MI - AUGUST 01: Mikel Leshoure #25 of the Detroit Lions go through the daily practice session at the Lions training facility on August 1, 2011 in Allen Park, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Unless he suffers a setback in the next few days, it looks like Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure will finally make his NFL debut on Saturday against the Oakland Raiders. After tearing his Achilles a year ago and dealing with a hamstring injury for the first part of training camp this year, Leshoure now appears to finally be ready to play in a game for the Lions. According to Jim Schwartz, the second-year running back is "on track" to play this weekend.
Even if Leshoure does play, it remains to be seen how many snaps he will get. Wide receiver Ryan Broyles made his debut last week against the Baltimore Ravens and ended up coming into the game for 10 snaps. The Lions wanted to ease him into things a bit, so I could see them doing something similar with Leshoure.
In any case, it will just be nice to finally see Leshoure on the field if he does in fact play. We have been waiting more than a year for him to be healthy enough to play in a game, and now it looks as though the time for him to make his debut has finally arrived.