Kevin Smith calls James Andrews the Jay-Z of knee docs

Kevin Smith faces a stiff challenge in the Detroit Lions backfield after the organization traded up into the end of the first round to draft Cal’s Jahvid Best.

Smith is recovering from surgery in December to repair the torn ACL in his left knee. He was on the field Wednesday when the Lions opened up a three-day minicamp, getting a little bit of action.

Nerves got the best of him. He dropped the first pass to him and on the second he tripped after catching it, according to Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press. The key for Smith, though, is just getting back into the mix. The Lions have been starved for a running game and knew they couldn’t count on Smith being the workhorse back this season. So Best was added to the mix and he’ll be the man to beat out.

If that’s bothering Smith, he didn’t indicate it and he’s very upbeat with plans of being fully ready when the Lions head to training camp July 31. That’s because Smith has supreme faith in Dr. James Andrews, the surgeon who rebuilt his knee.

“As far as I know, he's like the Jay-Z of the (ACL reconstruction) world," Smith said. "He's the best, from my experience. He did a good job with my surgery. He made my surgery scar look very nice, and I'm feeling good.”

The Lions are slowly bringing Smith back into the mix. They know having two backs will make them better offensively this season. They also know players returning from ACL injuries can have setbacks or hit a wall when they’re about 85 percent healed, something that takes time and patience to get past.

But, hey, in the meantime at least it’s a cool scar.

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