Kevin Smith returns to Detroit

Despite plenty of young talent, the Detroit Lions still have some questions marks at the running back position. Jahvid Best has had trouble staying on the field due to multiple concussions and rookie Mikel LeShoure didn’t even make it through his first preseason due to a torn Achilles tendon suffered last August.

Which is probably why head coach Jim Schwartz and the Lions front office decided to bring back running back Kevin Smith for another season. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk is reporting that Smith and the Lions reached an agreement on a one-year deal Tuesday.

The four-year veteran out of Central Florida rushed for 976 yards and eight touchdowns during his 2008 rookie season, but saw his production fall off in each of the following two years. After injuries to both Best and LeShoure derailed the Lions’ rushing attack last season, the team brought Smith back in November and watched him average 4.9 yards per carry in seven appearances.

The hope in Detroit is that Best and LeShoure will be ready to carry the load in 2012, but should the injury bug strike again, the team now has an insurance policy in Smith.

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