Trouble for Mikel Leshoure: If you asked me last week, I would have told you that Leshoure had some sleeper value for next season. Now, I’m not as confident. The second-year running back, who missed his entire rookie season with an Achilles injury, will have a bench warrant issued for him after missing a Monday arraignment on a charge of possessing marijuana. In addition to being in trouble off the field (he has had two run-ins with the law this offseason), his actions could hurt him on the field as well. The Detroit Free Press suggests that Leshoure could be subject to a suspension of “up to six games according to NFL rules on drug-related offenses.” If that’s the scenario, Leshoure wouldn’t even be draftable in fantasy leagues. It would also leave the Lions with two brittle runners (Jahvid Best, Kevin Smith) atop the depth chart. Stay tuned.
Shoulder surgery for Harvin: A top-10 fantasy wideout last season, Percy Harvin has emerged into one of the better players at his position. And despite the fact that he’ll undergo shoulder surgery, there’s no reason for owners to drop him on rank lists. NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora reports that the procedure will be “a minor clean-up” and will keep Harvin out of action for “just a few weeks.” Harvin also tweeted that he will be ready for OTAs. Barring setbacks, he’ll be taken as a No. 2 fantasy wideout in one of the first five rounds in drafts.
Bradshaw out three months: The New York Post reports that Ahmad Bradshaw will not participate in minicamp or organized team activities after having bone marrow from his hip injected into his problematic foot. The procedure isn’t expected to affect his status for the start of training camp, however. Bradshaw has dealt with multiple foot and ankle issues in recent years, so hopefully this procedure can improve his durability. Regardless, his fantasy stock is on the rise (at least for now) due to the loss of Brandon Jacobs to the Niners. With that said, I’d be shocked if the G-Men didn’t look to upgrade behind Bradshaw at the position in the weeks and months to come. Overall, Bradshaw should be seen as a No. 2 fantasy running back in 2012.