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Kevin Smith Reportedly Could Play Against Saints

It was reported at halftime of Thursday's Lions-Packers game by Fox's Jimmy Johnson that running back Kevin Smith suffered a high ankle sprain in the second quarter. He didn't return after the injury happened, and the thinking was Smith would miss at least next week's game against the Saints if he does in fact have a high ankle sprain.

The good news for the Lions is that the original report of a high ankle sprain might not have been accurate. Pro Football talk reports that Smith has only a mild ankle sprain, which means he may be able to play in New Orleans next Sunday night.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Smith has a mild sprain.  He could be back next week, when the Lions face the Saints on Sunday Night Football.

This is pretty much the only positive news the Lions have received in the last day. In addition to yesterday's tough loss, the Lions are dealing with the possibility of Ndamukong Suh being suspended, injuries to Chris Houston and Louis Delmas and the news that Jahvid Best is out for the season. Hopefully Smith will in fact be able to give it a go next week and pick up where he left off in terms of how he was running the ball before the injury happened.