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Kevin Smith to Have Surgery on His Shoulder

USA Today reports that running back Kevin Smith is going to have to have shoulder surgery from the injury suffered in September:

Lions running back Kevin Smith will have surgery to tighten a separated shoulder suffered Sept. 27 against Washington, but he won’t have it until after he gets off crutches. He already has had a torn ACL repaired. “Let me say this about Kevin: Kevin didn’t have a great year this year, but Kevin’s injury, I think it was the third game against Washington, we’ve had guys go on IR with that,” general manager Martin Mayhew said. “I think that affected his play. Later he hurt his other shoulder. He continued to play with both bad shoulders, and then he had the knee injury.

Obviously from an injury standpoint it was a bad season for Kevin. But I think he showed his competitiveness and his toughness in that situation. This off-season we have to look at every situation and evaluate what kind of player we’re going to bring in at what level. I anticipate adding somebody to that position, but the question will be what their role is going to be. Is it going to be a guy you bring in and say, ‘This guy is going to be our starter’? Or is it going to be a guy you bring in to supplement what you already have?”

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