Report: Lions' Kevin Smith done for season
BALTIMORE -- While the defeats continue to mount for the Detroit Lions, other losses are hurting just as much, if not more.
Second-year running back Kevin Smith suffered a left knee injury during Detroit's 48-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Not only will Smith miss the rest of this season, he could be a question mark going into next year's training camp.
Although there's no official diagnosis yet, Lions coach Jim Schwartz termed the injury "significant.' If there's ligament damage to the knee, the resulting surgery likely would mean Smith will start next year's camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Smith caught a fourth-quarter pass from quarterback Daunte Culpepper and headed upfield. As he was about to make a move on a defender, his left knee buckled (prior to contact) and he went down immediately. He appeared in a great deal of pain and was eventually carted off the field.
"I tried to stop-and-start and got my foot stuck in the field,' Smith said, adding that he never felt pain like that before. "Never in my life.'
"Kevin's a tough player and was one of the few bright spots in this game,' Schwartz said. "He was playing his butt off. He wasn't quitting, he was trying to gain yards, get first downs and get in the end zone as that game was winding down.'