On Friday, Detroit Lions running back Kevin Smith took some light practice work and plans to play Sunday, according to Dave Birkett. Smith says that he's on track and plans to be in the lineup against the New Orleans Saints, ten days after suffering an ankle sprain in the first quarter of a game against the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving. The post from Birkett has Smith saying that he's "one of the toughest people in the world," and credited his potential available with fast healing.
Smith practiced a little on Thursday as well, and worked out in front of the media, who were impressed with his quickness and mobility. All signs point to him being able to play on Sunday, and the Lions definitely need him. He was playing well against the Packers before going down with the injury, and the offense seemed to stall with him out. Starter Jahvid Best is on injured reserve with a concussion.