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Kevin Smith is expected to play tonight in New Orleans

Detroit Lions running back Kevin Smith eludes Green Bay Packers defenders in Detroit Reuters

On Thanksgiving, Lions running back Kevin Smith had much for which to be thankful.  Four days earlier, he accounted for 201 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns after waiting for weeks for another shot at an NFL job.

By the end of the day, he likely was muttering, “Thanks for nothing.”

Smith suffered a sprained ankle against the Packers.  Initially described as a high ankle sprain, we reported on Friday that it was a mild injury and that he could be back by Week 13.

Smith is listed as questionable.  Per a league source, Smith is indeed expected to play tonight when the Lions face the Saints in New Orleans.

With Jahvid Best gone for the year, the Lions desperately need some punch in the running game.  Without it, too much pressure is placed on quarterback Matthew Stafford, who can’t navigate sustained drives without making a mistake.

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6 Responses to “Kevin Smith is expected to play tonight in New Orleans”
  1. ocdn says: Dec 4, 2011 10:54 AM

    He must be considered a dirty player also, since he’s fighting through the pain to be able to play tonite.

  2. skippynj says: Dec 4, 2011 10:56 AM

    Good for him. Saints will still score more points than the lions.

  3. johnnyjagfan says: Dec 4, 2011 10:59 AM

    I hope this is one of those really sneaky injury cover-ups…I’d love to start K. Smith tonight and bench Mo Morris! Plus, the K. Smith interview after his huge breakout was honest and raw. He was so thankful to be back with just a chance. Then seeing him ride off on that cart sucked. I’d like to see him fulfill his potential. This guy seems like a good dude.

  4. jc1958cool says: Dec 4, 2011 11:12 AM

    won’t matter lions lose by 14 !
    hope he doesn’t crash his car after the game lol

  5. Ted Skroback says: Dec 4, 2011 11:12 AM

    Still one of the only players on that 0-16 team that legitimately cared and tried every week. Awful that he got hurt after another hot start vs green bay this guy is tough should fight through it for a nice game tonight the lions will need it with their other injury concerns

  6. mazenblue says: Dec 4, 2011 11:37 AM

    Can’t believe this guy sprained his ankle. Just another reason why the lions, as a team, are dirty. Cmon Linehan, learn to control your players.

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