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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