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O unlucky Lion

So I called up God the other day and asked him what he had against the Detroit Lions.

"Statute of limitations deal," God said. "They're still being punished for Matt Millen. I mean, good Me in heaven, what a nitwit."

OK. Night at the Improv Moment over.

Time now to consider the Lions' continuing misfortunes, the latest of which is the Achilles tendon tear that yesterday put promising rookie running back Mikel Leshoure out for the season. The Lions have signed Mike Bell and Jerome Harrison to try to make up for the loss, but the loss is substantial; Leshore was apparently looking great in practice so far, and was being counted on to be the team's sledgehammer back while Javid Best continues to be the team's speed/big play back.

Now, Leshoure is gone, part of a disturbing trend so far in the NFL; with training camp barely a week under way, there have already been 10 Achilles' injuries around the league. It's perhaps the first peek at the real toll of the lockout, which didn't cost the NFL anything on the surface but might yet prove damaging to the product down the road, at least initially.

We might know something more about that after Thursday. That's the rollout for the first preseason games.

(Cue appropriate Background Music of Foreboding).

Ben Smith's blog.