Mikel Leshoure practiced and played through hamstring and groin injuries that limited his production last fall.

This off-season, Leshoure is taking a different approach to soft-tissue issues that hindered what was, in effect, his rookie year.

Leshoure returned to practice Monday for the first time this spring and said today that he’s trying to manage his nagging hamstring injury in an effort to be at 100% for training camp.

“During the season, it never really got a chance to rest and get it exactly where I wanted it to be at,” Leshoure. “But like I said, it’s off-season OTAs, it’s no time to be out here trying to rush and do things. I’m not saying I haven’t been trying to get back. That’s been the plan. But we’re just being a little bit smarter this year, and I feel good today. Today was a good day for me.”

Leshoure was one of a handful of injured Lions who were limited in OTA work today.

Second-round pick Darius Slay practiced for just the second time since undergoing surgery to repair a partially torn meniscus a week after the NFL draft, and fourth-round pick Devin Taylor took part in individual drills after being sidelined last month with a sore hamstring.

Slay said he “feels back to normal” already and he’ll look back at an injury that might have cost him a few draft spots “as a good experience.”

“I’ve got a lot of mental reps,” he said. “I learned the playbook, so I was more focused on learning that, and I’m moving forward. That’s it.”