As the Detroit Lions hope to double the first winning streak they’ve enjoyed since December 2007, one of the biggest pending questions is whether running back Kevin Smith, a budding star in his second season, will be able to play.
We’ve been told that Smith is week-to-week with a shoulder injury suffered during Detroit’s win over the Redskins.
As of Wednesday, it didn’t look like this week would be Smith’s week, since he didn’t practice.
According to the official injury report, he was back on Thursday, practicing on a limited basis.
The key will be Friday — both as to whether he practices and as to the label the team applies to his availability for Sunday at Chicago.