It seems to happen every year. A rookie player with promise and being in a position that many people would love to have, always seems to let it slip through their fingers. Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure appears to be that person this year.
Leshoure was drafted out of Illinois in 2011 during the second round by the Lions with hopes of igniting their running game. He showed the skill to do just that but would have to wait until the 2011 NFL Lockout ended to get to work.
The first speed bump that hit Leshoure’s career was in August 2011. Leshoure was tackled by defensive end Cliff Avril during practice and tore his Achilles tendon. It ended his rookie season before it began.
A tragedy for sure and you would expect Leshoure to be hungry to get ready for next season. Yet, Leshoure displayed something else a little over six months later.
On February 18, 2012 Leshoure was pulled over in a traffic stop and found to be in possession of marijuana. He would end up pleading to a lesser charge and simply pay a fine, but be on the radar for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
You think that would be enough, but on March 12 was again cited for possession of marijuana where he was a passenger in a vehicle. Police say Leshoure was caught trying to eat the marijuana so as not to be charged with it.