Nov 20, 2011; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions running back Kevin Smith (30) runs the ball and gets pushed out of bounds by Carolina Panthers linebacker Jordan Senn (57) during the first quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Kevin Smith Returns To Detroit Lions On One-Year Deal

The Detroit Lions have re-signed running back Kevin Smith to a one-year deal, per league sources. Smith had a breakout game in Week 11 of last season, when the Lions faced the Carolina Panthers. In that game, Smith accounted for over 200 total yards and three touchdowns — 140 of those yards came on the ground.

After the Vikings game, Smith suffered a setback and was never the same for the remainder of the 2011 season.

Now, Smith gets a full offseason of work in and will have a shot to make an impact on the Lions, again, by backing up Jahvid Best. It is possible that Detroit could target an additional running back in the draft, but Smith provides veteran depth and gives the team a very solid backup.

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