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NFL Preseason Roundup: Dalton Goes Down, LeShoure Shows Up

On Thursday night against the Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton went down with an elbow injury.

According to PFT, the sophomore player had been pushed in between two Colts’ defensemen, one that included linebacker Robert Mathis, on the opening drive of the game. Yes, it was his throwing arm that got smashed.

Dalton exited to the sidelines and received treatment by the team’s trainers.

Meanwhile, troubled Detroit Lions running back Mikel LeShoure showed up on Thursday night and exemplified to his team he’d like a second look amidst his troubled offseason.

He took a short pass and turned it into a 33-yard reception enabling the Lions to grab their first touchdown. With his two-yard score, it gave the Lions a lead and eventually a 38-32 win over the Buffalo Bills.

Let’s keep in mind, it was Buffalo.

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford said of LeShoure to NFLcom, “When he got the ball in his hands, he looked good. It’s going to be a process for him to do what he has to do to stay in game shape with two weeks off.”

What exactly does that mean? The NFL has imposed that Leshoure is absent from the team’s home opener against the St. Louis Rams as well as Week 2 game against the San Francisco 49ers.

In the offseason, the player had been cited for two marijuana offenses.

Yes, he was part of the Lions’ troubled offseason crew.

During the interim, Lions coach Jim Schwartz said Leshoure can attend meetings and work out at the team’s facility; he will be unable to either practice or play during his suspension.

The team will be anxious for him to get up to speed as fellow running back Jahvid Best is out for a minimum of at least six games from concussion concerns. The team looks forward to his return.

Schwartz said, “We’re going to need him.”

Unfortunately in Best’s rookie season, he didn’t have the opportunity to play thanks to a torn left Achilles tendon injured early on in training camp. He appears to be fragile as earlier in August, a right hammy injury slowed him down.

But youth is on his side after he showed flashes of potential with moves and power running on Thursday night.

 

Debbie Baratz

Deb has been writing about the NFL and NCAA football for the last few years. She is a full-time writer and an avid sports fan. Follow her on twitter @ldbar.

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