An Achilles' tear claimed yet another victim on Monday as Lions rookie RB Mikel LeShoure's 2011 season has officially come to a close after he was carted off the field in Monday's practice. This is the ninth Achilles' tear in the NFL, which is obviously a bi-product of the lockout and players not getting into game shape like they would usually be in by now.
I had previously listed LeShoure as one of my fantasy handcuff's to Jahvid Best, but with only Maurice Morris and Aaron Brown left on the depth chart as the second and third stringers, Best's fantasy value gets a much needed boost going into the first week of the preseason schedule. There is still time for the team to sign a free agent to push for playing time. But for those who took Best in early leagues so far, you're luck has runneth over. Expect Best to get a couple bumps upward in my next fantasy running back rankings, due out Wednesday.