Smith's versatility out of backfield gives Lions' offense diversity

The Lions found an unlikely remedy for their offensive woes Sunday, turning to running back Kevin Smith in the middle of their 49-35 win over the Panthers.

Left unsigned by the Lions after a disappointing three-year run, Smith spent the first half of the 2011 season working out in hopes of reviving his pro career. That chance came three weeks ago when Detroit re-signed Smith to bolster its running game, with starter Jahvid Best on the shelf indefinitely with a concussion.

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