ALLEN PARK, Mich. Waking up sore probably never felt so good to Kevin Smith as it did Monday morning.
He was sore from running, sore from being hit and feeling good about it.
It means he had a job running the football again, and he had done it well.
Smith was one of the stars of the Lions 49-35 victory over the Carolina Panthers at Ford Field on Sunday.
By the end of the day, his story was well known nationally. He was a third-round draft pick by the Lions in 2008 but was out of football until two weeks ago, when the Lions re-signed him to fill a void at running back that was created by injuries.
Smith filled that void against the Panthers by running 16 times for 140 yards and catching four passes for 61 yards. He scored three touchdowns two on runs, one on a reception.
Smith is sure to be in the spotlight Thursday when the Lions play the Packers in the traditional Thanksgiving Day game at Ford Field.
As a ballplayer, thats a game you dream of, Smith said, sitting on his s...