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Thu, 10 Jan 2013 10:51:40 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Kevin Smith said he is not sure why he was not used more this season after performing well in 2011. Smith finished the season with 37 carries for 134 yards and one touchdown as well as 79 receiving yards and one touchdown. "I didn't really see why. There was never an answer given as to why. I think I dealt with it like a professional, and in my mind, I would have been able to deal with it easier if there was something told to me like, 'Hey Kevin, you need to work on this,'" Smith said. Smith said he would still like to re-sign with the team this offseason.
Sun, 30 Dec 2012 08:37:51 -0800
The Detroit Lions have declared OT Corey Hilliard, CB Drayton Florence, OT Jason Fox, QB Kellen Moore, RB Kevin Smith, SS Ricardo Silva, DL Ronnell Lewis inactive for Week 17.
Fri, 28 Dec 2012 14:30:06 -0800
Detroit Lions S Don Carey (knee) fully practiced Friday, Dec. 28, and is probable for Week 17. RB Kevin Smith (thumb) was limited in practice and is probable.
Sun, 16 Dec 2012 18:15:36 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Mikel Leshoure carried 14 times for 55 yards and a touchdown in the Week 15 loss against the Arizona Cardinals. Leshoure has eight rushing touchdowns, the most since RB Kevin Smith had eight in 2008.
Mon, 19 Nov 2012 17:40:55 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Kevin Smith saw action on 19 of his team's offensive snaps in Week 11 against the Green Bay Packers, as opposed to just 10 for RB Joique Bell.
Wed, 31 Oct 2012 09:26:33 -0700
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell took over the team's workload at running back in the second half of Week 8, overtaking RB Mikel Leshoure (leg). Leshoure had nine carries and three receptions through two quarters, but gave way to Bell in the second half. Leshoure had just one touch the rest of the way, while Bell racked up seven carries and four receptions for 58 total yards. "Leshoure really wasn't an injury situation," head coach Jim Schwartz explained. "Joique was doing some good things for us, and we were rotating our backs through." RB Kevin Smith was also back in the mix at running back. He was used primarily as a blocker on the 12 snaps he played, but also had a seven-yard reception and a one-yard run. Bell said ball security was a focus for him in practice after he fumbled the week prior. "I came out this week in practice with the sole focus of ball security, ball security, ball security," Bell said.
Mon, 22 Oct 2012 16:33:55 -0700
The Detroit Lions have declared CB Bill Bentley, OT Corey Hilliard, CB Jacob Lacey, OT Jason Fox, QB Kellen Moore, RB Kevin Smith, DL Ronnell Lewis inactive for Week 7.
Wed, 17 Oct 2012 08:57:03 -0700
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell's role has expanded as the season has progressed and he's continued to make plays. Bell has emerged as a receiving threat for the team; he is fourth among all NFL running backs with 178 receiving yards this season. Bell has averaged almost 22 offensive snaps per game over the last four weeks and has carried the ball 19 times and caught 13 passes. His ability to break tackles and get tough yards is one of the things the coaches like about his game. He can get yards on his own. Bell's increased role has coincided with a limited one for RB Kevin Smith, who was inactive in Week 6.
Sun, 14 Oct 2012 08:43:05 -0700
The Detroit Lions have declared DL Corey Williams, OT Corey Hilliard, OT Jason Fox, QB Kellen Moore, RB Kevin Smith, SS Ricardo Silva, LB Tahir Whitehead inactive for Week 6.
Mon, 01 Oct 2012 19:42:01 -0700
The Detroit Lions have run the ball 25 times per game during the first four contests, but their running backs are averaging just 3.4 yards per carry. RB Mikel Leshoure has had 39 attempts for 126 yards (3.2 yds/att), RB Kevin Smith has had 29 attempts for 115 yards (4.0 yds/att) and RB Joique Bell has carried 13 times for 40 yards (3.1 yds/att).
Mon, 24 Sep 2012 14:58:23 -0700
Detroit Lions RB Kevin Smith may have fallen to third on the team's depth chart if the team's rotation during Week 3 is any indication. Smith did not have a carry during the game and had very limited snaps against the Tennessee Titans.
Fantasy Tip: It was just one game, so it is tough to read too much into this situation too quickly. However, Smith has often been an afterthought for the Lions when they have had other running backs healthy. While he has performed well in his limited opportunities, he may not be part of the team's plan moving forward.
Sun, 23 Sep 2012 09:16:18 -0700
Detroit Lions RB Mikel Leshoure will start over RB Kevin Smith in the team's Week 3 game against the Tennessee Titans.
Fantasy Tip: The matchup is great, but with this being Leshoure's first game back after a two-week suspension, there's no way of telling how many touches he'll get over Smith. Smith could easily wind up having a better game, so Leshore shouldn't be considered anything more than a flex option this week.
Wed, 19 Sep 2012 09:21:04 -0700
Detroit Lions RB Mikel Leshoure returned to practice Wednesday, Sept. 19, after serving a two-game suspension for marijuana possession. Leshoure split first-team reps with RB Kevin Smith and should play in Week 3.
Thu, 13 Sep 2012 12:44:38 -0700
Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said the team will give RB Mikel Leshoure carries Week 3 after he completes his two-game suspension. Linehan said he hopes Leshoure will be able to build on what he did during the preseason. Linehan said he has not thought about how he will split carries between Leshoure and RB Kevin Smith.
Sun, 09 Sep 2012 20:03:28 -0700
Detroit Lions RB Kevin Smith carried 13 times for 62 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 against the St. Louis Rams, and he added four receptions for 29 yards and the game-winning TD catch with just 10 seconds left in the game.
Wed, 29 Aug 2012 07:35:05 -0700
Detroit Lions RB Kevin Smith (ankle), CB Chris Houston (ankle), CB Bill Bentley (shoulder), WR Titus Young (undisclosed), LB Stephen Tulloch (knee), DE Kyle Vanden Bosch (knee), DE Lawrence Jackson (undisclosed) and DE Travis Lewis (quadriceps) missed practice Tuesday, Aug. 28, and it wouldn't be surprising if they didn't play in the preseason finale.
Tue, 28 Aug 2012 15:32:10 -0700
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew has been calling other teams in search of help at the running back position. RBs Jahvid Best (concussion) and Mikel Leshoure haven't been able to stay healthy, and now RB Kevin Smith (ankle) is dealing with an ankle injury. Best will open the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list and Leshoure is suspended for the first two games of the season.
Mon, 27 Aug 2012 19:08:30 -0700
Detroit Lions RB Kevin Smith (ankle) did not practice Monday, Aug. 27, due to an ankle sprain suffered in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 25.
Fantasy Tip: The injury does not sound serious, and the club could simply be playing it safe with RB Jahvid Best (concussion) to miss the early portion of the season on the PUP list. Smith will start in Week 1 against the St. Louis Rams, barring any setbacks, and he will be a decent low-end RB2 or 'flex' fantasy option in most formats.
Sun, 26 Aug 2012 08:38:55 -0700
Detroit Lions RB Kevin Smith (ankle) said he will be fine after suffering an ankle injury in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 25. He said the X-rays on the ankle were negative and expects to recover from the injury quickly.
Sat, 25 Aug 2012 18:41:51 -0700
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions RB Kevin Smith (ankle) suffered an ankle injury in the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 25, and is questionable to return.
Sat, 25 Aug 2012 18:02:46 -0700
Detroit Lions RB Kevin Smith (undisclosed) limped off the field during the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 25, because of an undisclosed injury.
Wed, 08 Aug 2012 09:29:05 -0700
Detroit Lions RB Kevin Smith (quadriceps) took a knee to his quadriceps during practice Wednesday, Aug. 8. Head coach Jim Schwartz said Smith should be fine.
Mon, 06 Aug 2012 23:46:03 -0700
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz has been happy with RB Kevin Smith during training camp. "He's a very consistent player. He's very good mentally," Schwartz said. He went on to note Smith knows the team's offense inside and out and has done a nice job of picking up a few special teams. "Kevin has had not just a good training camp, but a good offseason program for us," Schwartz noted.
Fantasy Tip: Smith is going about 89th overall on average in fantasy football drafts and could start sneaking up draft boards due to injury problems other Detroit runners are dealing with. When healthy last season, Smith showed he can be a good fit within the Lions' offense. If you're looking for a mid-round option for running back depth, he has plenty of upside if he can stay healthy, which has always been a problem.
Tue, 31 Jul 2012 09:50:56 -0700
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said he's "a little bit surprised" and "a little bit disappointed" that RB Jahvid Best (concussion) has not been cleared for contact nine months following his last concussion. Best is symptom-free and has been working out since December. The team isn't in a rush to make a move to fortify the running back corps in case Best can't play. RBs Kevin Smith and Stefan Logan have taken most of the repetitions in training camp so far with RB Mikel Leshoure (hamstring) dealing with a hamstring injury.
Fri, 27 Jul 2012 21:15:46 -0700
Detroit Lions RB Kevin Smith worked with the first-team offense in practice Friday, July 27. He looks much strong than last year. With RB Jahvid Best (concussion) on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) list, and RB Mikel Leshoure facing a two-game suspension, Smith might very well serve as the team's Week 1 starter.
Tue, 27 Mar 2012 08:04:38 -0700
The Detroit Lions re-signed RB Kevin Smith to a one-year deal.
Wed, 21 Mar 2012 09:16:32 -0700
The Detroit Lions are in negotiations with free-agent RB Kevin Smith about a return to the Lions. Smith started four games for the Lions last season; on the year he rushed 72 times for 356 yards and four touchdowns. He also had 22 receptions for 179 yards and three touchdowns.
Mon, 13 Feb 2012 04:53:59 -0800
Detroit Lions impending free-agent RB Kevin Smith said he is committed to returning next season. "Every interview I've done, even though I'm a free agent, I've referred to (Detroit) and me as 'us,'" Smith said. "I'm on the Lions roster in my opinion until I'm not."
Fri, 10 Feb 2012 14:44:12 -0800
Detroit Lions impending free-agent RB Kevin Smith wants to re-sign with the Lions this offseason.
Sat, 21 Jan 2012 08:59:21 -0800
Detroit Lions impending free-agent RB Kevin Smith said he would to re-sign with the team this offseason but is not sure if the team is interested in bringing him back. The Lions are expected be getting RBs Jahvid Best (concussion) and Mikel Leshoure (Achilles') back from injuries.
Fri, 06 Jan 2012 13:44:11 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Kevin Smith (ankle, knee) was limited during practice Friday, Jan. 6, and is listed as probable for the Wild Card playoff game.
Thu, 05 Jan 2012 14:49:29 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Kevin Smith (ankle, knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Jan. 5.
Wed, 04 Jan 2012 14:55:24 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Kevin Smith (ankle, knee) was limited in practice Wednesday, Jan. 4.
Wed, 04 Jan 2012 11:03:23 -0800
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said RB Kevin Smith and TE Tony Scheffler were fine after their collision and were able to finish practice Wednesday, Jan. 4.
Wed, 04 Jan 2012 09:43:05 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Kevin Smith and TE Tony Scheffler ran into each other during a passing drill during practice Wednesday, Jan. 4. Smith went to the ground and was surrounded by trainers after the collision. The team is expected to update his condition after practice.
Fri, 30 Dec 2011 14:28:54 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Kevin Smith (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 30. He is listed as probable for Week 17 and is expected to play.
Thu, 29 Dec 2011 15:57:25 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Kevin Smith (ankle) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 29.
Wed, 28 Dec 2011 14:03:14 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Kevin Smith (ankle) practiced in full Wednesday, Dec. 28.
Mon, 26 Dec 2011 15:31:42 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Kevin Smith (ankle) may not play Week 17 so he can rest his injured ankle.
Sat, 24 Dec 2011 19:28:36 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Kevin Smith carried 15 times for 49 yards and a touchdown in Week 16 against the San Diego Chargers, and he added two receptions for 12 yards and a score. It was Smith's second multi-TD game in six contests this season.
Fri, 23 Dec 2011 14:25:28 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Kevin Smith (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 23. He is listed as probable for Week 16 and is expected to play.
Thu, 22 Dec 2011 13:31:41 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Kevin Smith (ankle) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 22.
Wed, 21 Dec 2011 14:26:32 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Kevin Smith (ankle) practiced in full Wednesday, Dec. 21.
Sun, 18 Dec 2011 18:04:44 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Kevin Smith (ankle) carried 15 times for 43 yards in Week 15 against the Oakland Raiders, and he added a 3-yard reception.
Sun, 18 Dec 2011 10:46:57 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Kevin Smith (ankle) is expected to start in Week 15.
Fri, 16 Dec 2011 15:11:57 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Kevin Smith (ankle) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 16. He is listed as questionable for Week 15 and is expected to play.
Fri, 16 Dec 2011 10:43:43 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Kevin Smith (ankle) practiced for the third straight day Friday, Dec. 16, and is expected to play in Week 15.
Thu, 15 Dec 2011 16:23:04 -0800
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions RB Kevin Smith (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 15.
Thu, 15 Dec 2011 10:55:53 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Kevin Smith (ankle) worked with a first-team offense and participated in individual drills during the media-access portion of practice Thursday, Dec. 15.
Wed, 14 Dec 2011 14:16:43 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Kevin Smith (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 14.