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.