Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 11/8/11
Kevin Smith's departure from the Detroit Lions turned out to be only a hiatus. The 24-year-old running back is back with the Lions after being signed along with offensive lineman Leonard Smith at the season's halfway point. Detroit drafted Smith in the third round in 2008 and he ran for nearly 1,000 yards and caught 39 passes as a rookie. The Lions let him go this past offseason, but he has earned another chance with the team. On Tuesday, Smith was back in the same corner of his old locker room, eager to try to contribute to a team that's very much in the race for a playoff spot. Detroit (6-2) is coming off its off week, and the Lions will play at NFC North rival Chicago on Sunday.
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