Kevin Smith Injury: Lions RB Hopes To Play Against Saints

Lions running back Kevin Smith had to leave during the Thanksgiving Day game against the Packers because of an ankle injury. Despite the injury, he is hoping to play this week against the Saints.

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Detroit Lions Injury Report, Week 13: Kevin Smith Showing Improvement

The Detroit Lions are preparing to play the New Orleans Saints this weekend on Sunday Night Football. Though they won't have the luxury of playing starting running back Jahvid Best -- who has been placed on the injured reserve -- the rest of the roster seems to be relatively healthy according to Thursday's injury report.

Kevin Smith didn't practice on Wednesday due to an injured ankle, but the starting running back was able to go through part of Thursday's practice. It seems he impressed reporters in individual drills, too, meaning there's a good chance he'll be able to play on Sunday.

Defense may be a problem, however, as three defensive backs were out due to injury on Thursday. Cornerbacks Chris Houston and Brandon McDonald, along with safety Louis Delmas, were all out due to injury. Defensive end Lawrence Jackson, dealing with a thigh injury, sat out practice again as well.

The full injury report is embedded below.

POS. NAME INJURY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY STATUS
S Louis Delmas Knee DNP DNP
CB Chris Houston Knee DNP DNP
DE Lawrence Jackson Thigh DNP DNP
CB Brandon McDonald Thigh LP DNP
RB Kevin Smith Ankle DNP LP
DE Willie Young Ankle LP LP
S Chris Harris Ankle FP FP
LB Doug Hogue Illness DNP FP
WR Calvin Johnson Ankle FP FP
WR Maurice Stovall Shoulder FP FP
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Kevin Smith Injury: Lions Running Back Has Ankle Wrapped, But No Crutches

The Kevin Smith injury diagnosis wasn't good initially when several outlets feared that the Detroit Lions running back had suffered a high ankle sprain during the Thanksgiving Day game against the Green Bay Packers. It appears, however, that the injury wasn't quite as bad as it originally seemed.

The top running back on the Lions depth chart, following the move that placed Jahvid Best on the injured reserve, was unable to practice on Tuesday. Smith did attend and sit on the sidelines, however, with his ankle wrapped.

That may not sound like the most encouraging news, but considering he doesn't need crutches and that it's only Tuesday, there still seems to be a chance that he could be available for this weekend's game against the New Orleans Saints.

Along with Smith, safety Louis Delmas and cornerbacks Chris Houston and Brandon McDonald  also sat out the rare Tuesday practice with injuries sustained in Thursday's game. The Lions didn't officially release an injury report as they are only required to do so for Wednesday through Friday when they play on Sundays.

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Kevin Smith Injury: Lions RB Reportedly Has High Ankle Sprain

At halftime of the Thanksgiving Day game between the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers, Fox's Jimmy Johnson reported that running back Kevin Smith has a high ankle sprain. Johnson said he talked to the Lions' trainer, who reported that Smith's return is doubtful.

Smith has been out of the game since he pulled up lame on a reverse in the second quarter. He pitched the ball to Nate Burleson and immediately started limping. After trainers checked him out on the sideline, he was carted off to the locker room.

Smith returned to the sideline before halftime, but he had an ice pack on his ankle. That makes sense if he does indeed have a high ankle sprain, which usually takes a few weeks to recover from. Chances are his day is for sure done if that is the injury.

With Smith out, the Lions are going with Maurice Morris as the primary running back. He is not running as well as Smith was before the injury, though.

UPDATE: Smith has officially been ruled out of the game.

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Kevin Smith Injury: Lions RB Carted Off Field

The last thing the Detroit Lions needed at running back was another injury, but that's exactly what happened early on in the second quarter of the Thanksgiving Day game against the Green Bay Packers. On a reverse, running back Kevin Smith came up lame after he tossed the ball to Nate Burleson. He limped off the field and was later carted off to the locker room.

Before the injury, Smith had picked up 36 yards on seven carries and was showing some real promise. He picked up where he left off last week, when he had a career day. The NFL named him the NFC Offensive Player of the Week after he gained 201 total yards and scored three touchdowns.

According to Fox's Pam Oliver, Smith's return is questionable because of a lower-leg injury. If he can't return, the Lions will turn to Maurice Morris as the main running back. Keiland Williams could also see some time in the backfield, although he was benched after fumbling against the Panthers a week ago.

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