Mikel LeShoure out for the season with Achilles injury

As we get ready for Week 1 of the NFL pre-season, one of the most popular "sleeper" post-season picks has been the Detroit Lions, who finished the 2010 season with a four-game winning streak. Of course, the typical caveat is that their more-injured-than-healthy quarterback has to stay healthy for a full season.

While quarterback Matthew Stafford is still healthy, the Lions have lost rookie running back Mikel LeShoure for the season after he suffered an Achilles injury.

"You could tell on the field," said coach Jim Schwartz, per Chris McCosky of The Detroit News. "The way he went down, you knew. There was no need for tests to be done. He will have surgery soon, probably tomorrow."

ESPN blogger Kevin Seifert lists the recent rash of injuries suffered by the Lions.

The Lions drafted LeShoure in the second round as the power back to compliment Jahvid Best, their second of two first-round picks in 2010.

"He's got to be (devastated)," said Best, LeShoure's training camp roommate. "But he's got a bright future. This is just a minor setback. Just press the pause button for a little bit and as soon as he presses play he will be right back where he started."

Best got off to a great start (five touchdowns in his first two games) last year, but a turf toe injury slowed him down and he only scored one more touchdown during the remainder of the season.

From a fantasy perspective, the injury boosts the expected workload and fantasy value of Best. Tomorrow you will be able to view our updated fantasy rankings at TheTipDrill.com, our fantasy headquarters.

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