Detroit Lions linebacker Caleb Campbell was promoted from the practice squad on Saturday, moved to the 53-man roster. He'll take the place of running back Kevin Smith, who was placed on injured reserve and will miss the rest of the season.â†µ
The news was revealed by Campbell himself via Twitter:
Just got activated! Headed to Dallas. Ill take that! #fueledbyfaithâ†µ
Campbell was a seventh-round draft pick by the Lions in 2008 out of Army. He wasn't allowed to play football, however, until this spring due to military service time obligations.â†µ
Smith injured his thumb in last week's game against the Buffalo Bills when he was hit on the hand by a helmet. He had surgery on Thursday to repair a torn ligament in hs thumb and was hoping to be out of a hard cast by next week. Maurice Morris will become Detroit's primary back-up running back, behind Jahvid Best.â†µ
For the season, Smith rushed for 133 yards on 34 carries. He was inactive for the Lions' first three games this season while rehabbing from knee surgery performed last year.