By all accounts, Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure has made good progress this offseason in his recovery from a torn left Achilles. There was some concern among fans over the fact that he missed Monday's OTA session, though. Did he suffer a setback? Could this be a sign of things to come? Is he farther away from being 100 percent than we thought? Well, not exactly.
Leshoure actually missed Monday's practice because of soreness in his right ankle (a.k.a. the one he didn't injure last year). The Lions gave him the day off, and after practice Jim Schwartz dismissed the notion that Leshoure's absence was anything to seriously worry about.
"He was getting sore in his other ankle and that's typical of guys that are coming back from an injury. His surgically repaired Achilles has been doing great but what happens is you start compensating a little bit and all of the sudden things start flaring up and that's the situation that we had so we just decided to shut it down for a little bit. He's really not knocked off schedule as much as we just wanted to make sure that we didn't keep the situation going that wasn't going in a positive way. He's going to be fine."
To me, this seems more like a necessary evil of coming back from an Achilles injury rather than a sign that he suffered a setback or something like that. I would be concerned if the soreness was in the ankle Leshoure injured last season, but it's not.
Everybody just take a deep breath.