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Lions Free Agency 2012: Kevin Smith Returning To Detroit, According To Report

Running back Kevin Smith will return to the Detroit Lions after agreeing to a one-year deal, according to Pro Football Talk's Twitter account:

Smith, who has played four seasons in the NFL, played in just seven games last season. He averaged a solid 4.9 yards per carry but, for the second straight season, couldn't stay on the field.

In 2010 Smith was returning from a torn ACL then landed on IR because of a thumb injury. Last year the Lions didn't sign him, but picked him up halfway through the season when the backfield got thin. Smith had one great game -- a 16-carry, 140-yard effort against the Carolina Panthers -- before again suffering injuries.

Over the last two seasons he has played just 13 games.

The Central Florida product had his best season as a rookie in 2008. Playing in all 16 games, he rushed for 976 yards and eight touchdowns, both career highs, and averaged 4.1 yards per carry.

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