Kevin Smith has probable ACL tear

Reports that Lions running back Kevin Smith is expected to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury seem to overlook the reality that only three games are left in the season.  So it wouldn’t take much to knock him out through Week 17.

The bigger question is whether and to what extent Smith will be available for the offseason program as the Lions try to get ready for 2010.

Per a league source, Smith currently is believed to have a torn ACL.  An MRI exam on Monday will gauge the extent of the damage.

Coach Jim Schwartz said after the game that Smith likely has suffered a “significant” knee injury.

“I was just catching a flat pass and trying to cut back and somehow my leg got stuck in the ground,” Smith said, per the Detroit News.  “My knee just buckled and I had extreme pain instantly.  I gotta get tests tomorrow, but it doesn’t feel real good.”