Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 4/2/12
A year ago this month, Mikel Leshoure was selected in the second round of the NFL draft by the Detroit Lions. There were high hopes for the 6-foot, 227-pound running back, but not much has gone right for Leshoure since that day. He was scheduled to be arraigned in Berrien County (Mich.) for a second possession-of-marijuana offense in less than a month. The first came on Feb. 18, the most recent March 12, but they were just being reported by the media for the first time on Monday. Both incidents occurred in Berrien County, located in the southwest corner of the state. Whether Leshoure will face a fine andor suspension from the NFL remains to be seen. The Lions released the following statement: "We are aware of the reports. We are gathering more information and have no further comment at this time." The Lions are scheduled to begin organized offseason workouts on April 16. Leshoure's troubles with the law occurred while he's trying to make a comeback from a torn Achilles' tendon suffered at the beginning of training camp last season. He missed all of his rookie year. Leshoure is potentially a key missing piece to the puzzle for the Lions, who scrambled to find any semblance of consistency from their running backs last season. Besides Leshoure's injury, Jahvid Best, a first-round pick in the 2010 draft, missed much of last year because of ongoing problems with concussions. The status of both remains somewhat unclear for this season. The nature of Leshoure's injury is that it could take him at least part, if not all, of the 2012 season before he's able to regain form. The head injuries make Best questionable at best. Leshoure rushed for 1,697 yards and scored 20 touchdowns during his senior year at Illinois in 2010. He's the type of physical back who could help take the Lions, a 10-win playoff team last season, to another level. But can he get back on the right track, both on and off the field? A Baroda-Lake Twp. police report indicated that a rented 2012 Mitsubishi Endeavor SUV, with Leshoure as a passenger, was initially pulled over on March 12 for failing to signal while changing lanes and driving too close to another vehicle. Leshoure was then observed trying to eat some of the marijuana after officers approached. Leshoure also had "small pieces of marijuana down the front of his shirt," a police report said. Leshoure was ordered to spit out the marijuana. "At which time he took a drink of water and did finally spit out small pieces of marijuana to the ground," according to the report. Police also seized small amounts of marijuana from both front seats, the center console and both front floorboards, along with a "partially burned marijuana blunt from the drinking glass in the center console." Leshoure and the driver both admitted they had been smoking marijuana earlier in the vehicle, the police report said. As for the first incident, about three weeks earlier in Benton Township, Leshoure was arrested for possession of marijuana. He pleaded to the lesser charge of use of marijuana during a court appearance on March 1. Leshoure ended up paying 485 in fines. This time, the price could be considerably heavier, especially if the NFL's no-nonsense commissioner, Roger Goodell, gets involved.
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