Leshoure carted off the field

For the second time in eight days, a Detroit Lions rookie has exited practice early with an injury.

Mikel LeshoureICONLeshoure rushed for 17 touchdowns at Illinois last season.

Just five days after first-round pick Nick Fairley underwent surgery to repair a broken bone in his foot, second-round selection Mikel Leshoure was carted off the field Monday morning with a left foot injury, per a tweet from Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com.

The extent of the injury is currently unknown.

A 230-pound power back out of Illinois, Leshoure is expected to make up half of one of the NFC’s more potent 1-2 backfield punches this season. During his 2010 campaign as a member of the Fighting Illini, the 21-year-old rushed for 1,697 yards and 17 touchdowns in 13 games.

An injured rookie running back is nothing new for head coach Jim Schwartz, who watched 2010 first-round pick Jahvid Best hobble his way through turf toe problems for the majority of last season.

In addition to Best and Leshoure, the Lions also have Maurice Morris, Aaron Brown and Ian Johnson on the depth chart at the running back position.

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