Kevin Smith is expected to play tonight in New Orleans

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.