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Mikel Leshoure Expects To Be Ready For Start Of 2012 Season

Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure has been working to come back from a torn Achilles since last August. Although the injury did happen more than a year ahead of the 2012 season, it's still not clear if he will be ready to go or if he will actually be effective. Because of the severity of the injury and the position he plays, there are a lot of question marks surrounding his status.

Like with Jahvid Best, the good news is that progress is being made with Leshoure's recovery. He spoke with Tim Twentyman on Tuesday about his rehab and where things stand, and he is very optimistic about returning in time for the start of the 2012 season.

"I'm feeling pretty good when I run; I have no soreness or anything like that – no pain. I'm not full-speed sprints or cuts or anything like that, but just jogging in laps and half-gassers across the field and stuff.

"It's building up slowly and I can definitely see progress. I'm 100-percent sure I'll be ready for (season)."

Leshoure's doctor told him that the surgery on his Achilles was "one of the better procedures he's had." His doctor also said that the injury "healed perfectly." These are all great signs that Leshoure will be good to go this upcoming season. He made no promises about taking part in OTAs or minicamps or even the start of training camp, but based on his timetable, he appears to be on track to be ready for the Lions' first regular-season game next season.

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