There’s more bad news for those poor cursed Detroit Lions. This morning their rookie running back Mikel Leshoure was carted from the practice field after tearing his achilles tendon, an injury that will end his season. This comes just a week after another highly-touted Lions rookie, Nick Fairley, suffered a foot injury that required surgery. Offensive linemen Jeff Backus and Gosder Cherilus have also missed time in camp due to physical issues.
Compared to the Lions’ laundry list of problems, the Vikings have little to complain about. Monday morning’s practice did see its share of dinged-up players but none of the situations are considered serious (yet).
Possibly the most troubling of the Monday injuries happened to Visanthe Shiancoe, who pulled up lame with a tweaked hamstring (bad hammies as we know tend to stubbornly linger). Percy Harvin suffered sore ribs and complained of being winded – but apparently his head is fine so there’s no reason to be alarmed. Steve Hutchinson, who struggled through an injury-ridden 2010 but has come back this year feeling better than he has in years (according to him), was limited by some kind of shoulder/pectoral-related issue. A sore hamstring was to blame for presumptive starting safety Tyrell Johnson being held out of practice entirely.
These sound like the usual minor complaints that plague every team in camp when guys are still getting their bodies back into game shape. We can hope nothing worse will surface, but of course it will because this is football.