Aug 29, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Alan Branch (90) tries to make a tackle on Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure (25) during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions Roster Cuts: Is Mikel Leshoure on the Bubble?

The Detroit Lions have some difficult decisions to make as they need to cut their roster from 75 players to 53 players by 6 p.m. tomorrow. Those decisions were made more difficult with a number of bubble players stepping up in last night’s game against the Buffalo Bills.

But one player that did not step up was running back Mikel Leshoure. I had hoped to see more burst from him now two years removed from the achilles injury he suffered during training camp as a rookie in 2010. The burst just isn’t there and the results have been lackluster. Before last night’s game I was asked who might be a surprise roster cut in a Q&A with the Bills site BuffaLowDown and Leshoure was my answer. Last night’s performance in which Leshoure lost a fumble only makes me wonder more that the Lions would be better served by moving on from Leshoure.

Reggie Bush is cemented in the starting lineup and Joique Bell has clearly put himself ahead of Leshoure as the team’s second running back. Theo Riddick has played well of late and brings a lot of versatility to the offense and the ability to return kicks if asked.

The argument in Leshoure’s favor is that the Lions will need a “big back”. But just an inch taller and seven pound heavier, Leshoure really isn’t much bigger than Bell.

I would still be surprised if Leshoure isn’t on the team (barring a trade), but would I be shocked if he was cut? Unfortunately, the answer at this point is no.

What do you think?

Should Mikel Leshoure be on the Lions final roster?

  • No (63%, 187 Votes)
  • Yes (37%, 111 Votes)

Total Voters: 298

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