By my count, Wednesday was the 13th day in two years that Mikel Leshoure was healthy enough to participate in a Detroit Lions training camp practice. That should tell you the significance of Leshoure's return to drills Wednesday morning, almost two weeks after he suffered a strained hamstring.
Leshoure participated in individual drills but then departed to work with trainers on futher rehabilitation. It's the first step in an extended process of getting a runner back on the field after a leg injury.
In one respect, there should be no rush to get Leshoure back to practice. He is suspended for the first two games of the regular season. But as they are for any young player, practice reps are important for development. Preseason games should also be important for Leshoure, who last played in a game on Dec. 29, 2010.
Leshoure's return at this moment opens the possibility he could appear in the Lions' third preseason game, Aug. 25 at the Oakland Raiders. That evening would represent the first NFL game action for a player drafted 16 months ago. Stay tuned.