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Mikel Leshoure released by Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions cut another former second-round pick.

The team released running back Mikel Leshoure on Saturday, the Lions announced.

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Leshoure was in a battle for a roster spot behind the first-team duo of Reggie Bush and Joique Bell. Theo Riddick will be the third back on the Lions' depth chart.

Leshoure tore his Achilles after being drafted by the Lions in the second round in 2011 and missed his entire rookie season. He rarely saw the field and never looked the same after the injury. Bell turned into the player Detroit thought Leshoure could be when the latter was originally drafted.

The Lions also released veteran defensive end Darryl Tapp.

Leshoure's release means Nick Fairley remains the Lions' lone pick from the 2011 draft still on the roster. In seven months, we'll likely be writing about his departure as well.

The Lions' 2011 draft appears as unfortunate as Leshoure's celebratory tattoo.

You can track all the cuts as NFL teams reduce their rosters to 53 right here.

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