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Lions' Kevin Smith Carted Off With Knee Injury

Dec 13, 2009 – 4:56 PM
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Kevin SmithA miserable Sunday for the Lions got worse when starting running back Kevin Smith went down with a non-contact knee injury in the fourth quarter. With Detroit trailing the Ravens 41-3, en route to a 48-3 loss, Smith caught a short pass over the middle from Daunte Culpepper, then crumpled to the ground as he tried to make a cut upfield.

Smith's left leg appeared to give out on him, and he fell untouched before ripping off his helmet in pain. He was eventually carted off the field.

"I was just catching a flat pass and trying to cut back and somehow my leg got stuck in the ground," Smtih told the Detroit News. "My knee just buckled and I had extreme pain instantly. I gotta get tests tomorrow, but it doesn't feel real good."

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said that the injury appeared "significant" -- if that's true, with only three games left in the regular season, Smith likely won't be back in Detroit's lineup until 2010.

Smith had a workhorse day prior to his injury -- as Detroit tried to control the clock against the Ravens, Smith carried 21 times for 69 yards and caught two passes for 19 more yards.

In his second year out of Central Florida, Smith had compiled 747 yards rushing counting Sunday's effort. Last season, as a rookie, Smith led the Lions with 976 yards. He has started all 29 games for Detroit since being drafted in April 2008.

Detroit was already playing without its star rookie quarterback, Matthew Stafford, who sat out Sunday with a shoulder injury, as well as promising rookie tight end Brandon Pettigrew, who's on injured reserve with a knee injury.
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