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The rookie season for Lions RB Mikel LeShoure didn’t quite go as planned. He tore his Achilles and missed the whole season, then saw his offseason marred by two ugly arrests involving marijuana. Yikes. Well today in Allen Park, Mich., LeShoure took part in OTAs, which was a big step forward in his rehab.
Later in the locker room, he addressed the situations for the first time. The former second-round pick from Illinois sounded confident in his ability to make better decisions, though he didn’t swear off any behavior that led to his arrests. That was slightly odd, but whatever.
“You live and you learn,” LeShoure said. “Everybody makes mistakes. It’s what you do after it and how you overcome those hurdles. I’ve learned and I’m making the best of my opportunities.”
So… what did you learn?
“Just gotta be smart, man,” LeShoure said. “It’s nothing specifically that I’m going to do or that I need to change, it’s just I need to be aware of my surroundings and what’s going on and just be smart and make better decisions. You make mistakes, you just gotta learn from them and move forward.”
OK, then. Discipline was a big issues today, especially with this report from MLive.com about WR Titus Young being barred from OTAs for sucker-punching a teammate. The hope is that LeShoure learns… and Young, too.
As for physically, the bruising back, who could team with Jahvid Best to form quite a tandem if both are healthy, said he felt good. Mentally, physically, he said he’s “ready to roll.”
“I know what I need to do,” LeShoure said. “It’s not affecting the way I feel or anything like that, I just know what I need to do and I need to do that.”
Interestingly, LeShoure wouldn’t say last year was a lost season, considering how much he learned. And he didn’t seem to mind multiple bodies in the backfield.
“Me and Jahvid — not only Jahvid, but we got a veteran Kevin Smith and we can learn a lot from him,” LeShoure said. “A three-headed monster like that, everybody should be fresh. We can all learn from each other. It’s only going to make our offense better to compliment (Matthew) Stafford and Calvin (Johnson) and those guys outside.“