Kevin Smith Misses Practice Monday With Ankle Injury: Fantasy Implications

EAST RUTHERFORD NJ - OCTOBER 17: Kevin Smith #34 of the Detroit Lions against the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 17 2010 in East Rutherford New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kevin Smith

Detroit Lions running back Kevin Smith missed practice on Monday with an ankle injury he suffered during Saturday night's preseason game. We break down the fantasy implications.

Detroit Lions running back Kevin Smith missed practice on Monday with an ankle injury he suffered during Saturday night's preseason game, according to the team's website. Smith rolled his ankle against the Oakland Raiders and didn't return to the game. He suffered through a high ankle sprain in 2011. With Jahvid Best on the PUP list, Smith and Mikel Leshoure are the Lions' best options at running back.

Analysis: Kevin Smith's average draft position has been steadily climbing over the last few weeks, but this injury should cool his stock down a bit. He is a talented running back, but the injuries just keep piling up. It's hard to imagine Smith making it through the regular season in one piece, so draft him at your own risk. Mikel Leshoure, meanwhile, returned to action on Saturday and could be worth a flier in deeper leagues.

For more on Smith and the Detroit Lions, check out Pride of Detroit and SB Nation Detroit.

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