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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.