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 release Mikel Leshoure

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The NFL regular season starts next week and that means it’s time for final roster cuts throughout the league as players on the bubble are either going to survive the biggest cut of their lives or fall victim to roster shortening in the final stages of the offseason.

Final cuts is where some of the more well known names in football are let go, and one of those casualties of the cut is Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure. According to Lions beat writer Dave Birkett, Detroit is letting their former starting running back go after just a handful of seasons with the team.

This is rather significant in that Leshoure is a former second round pick from 2011 and he’s already out of a job in Detroit. He was replaced as a potential starter last year by Reggie Bush and then again in the Lions backfield tandem by Joique Bell. The player who benefits most from this is Theo Riddick, who is now in line to get production that Leshoure may have gotten which while it’s not much it’s still more than he would have gotten if Leshoure were still around.

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