Young Lions dealt another blow

You wake up on a sunny summer day without a cloud in the sky. You gather your friends, put your bathing suit on, grab fresh towels and pack for a picnic. You load it all up and drive to the beach. And moments after you hit the sand, it starts pouring rain.

That’s sort of how the Detroit Lions feel right now.

There was so much hope attached to 2011 in Detroit. Hope isn’t dashed, but it’s officially raining on the Lions’ picnic. Days after the team found out it was going to have to get through most, if not all of training camp without top pick Nick Fairley, the Lions have lost second-round pick Mikel Leshoure for the season.

The No. 57 overall pick in the 2011 draft blew his Achilles’ Monday morning, putting some added pressure on Jahvid Best and the rest of the contributors to that young Detroit offense.

There’s a belief in the Motor City that Best isn’t ready (and might never be ready) to carry the entire load. The 22-year-old managed just 3.2 yards per carry while being dragged down by a turf toe problem in 2010, his rookie season. To boot, he’s not a very good pass blocker, something Leshoure excelled at in Illinois.

So this is an even bigger blow when you consider how many hits quarterback Matthew Stafford has taken over his short career.

Three months ago, the Lions were being hailed for what they did at the draft. Now, two of their top three picks have suffered serious or semi-serious injuries. If bad things come in threes, Titus Young had better watch his back.