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Lions Activate LB Caleb Campbell, Place RB Kevin Smith On Injured Reserve

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.

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The news was revealed by Campbell himself via Twitter:

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Just got activated! Headed to Dallas. Ill take that! #fueledbyfaith

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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. 

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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

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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.