The Detroit Lions have brought back a familiar face at running back.
Kevin Smith, a 2008 third-round draft pick of the Lions, will return to the team, a league source told PFT’s Mike Florio.
Smith was the Lions’ primary ball carrier in his first two seasons, gaining 976 yards as a rookie and 747 yards in 2009. He was largely phased out of the offense with the arrival of Jahvid Best in 2010, however, and they decided not to make him an offer when he became a restricted free agent at the end of the season.
Now that Best is dealing with concussion problems and the Lions’ ground game has stagnated, Smith will get another shot.