Aug 30, 2012; Detroit, MN, USA; Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure (25) against the Buffalo Bills in a preseason game at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US Presswire
Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure has served his two-game suspension and is eligible to be activated this week. The Lions are planning to get him involved as soon as he returns, and he should play quite a bit on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.
The big question as Leshoure gets ready to be activated revolves around which player will be released to make room for him. Will the Lions release a running back or a player at a different position? And if the Lions do release a running back, who is the odd man out?
At the start of the season, it looked like Joique Bell would be the one let go once Leshoure returns. After what happened on Sunday night, however, that would be a pretty big surprise. I say that because Bell got 20 snaps on offense in Sunday night's game against the San Francisco 49ers, only 16 fewer than Kevin Smith. He was clearly the Lions' No. 2 running back, and he made the most of his chance to play by rushing for 14 yards on six carries and going for 59 yards on two catches.
Assuming Bell has moved up the depth chart, it looks like Keiland Williams could be the running back who is let go when Leshoure is activated. He only played on special teams on Sunday, and it's not like the Lions are going to release Stefan Logan, who is still the team's returner. Williams had an outstanding preseason, but based on the first two weeks of the regular season, his time in Detroit may be coming to a close.