Kevin Smith starts for Lions

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
Rookie tailback Kevin Smith started Sunday night in the Detroit Lions' preseason game against Cincinnati, another step in what is expected to be his coronation as the team's top runner.

Smith had been working with the first team during practice but coach Rod Marinelli said it was simply part of a personnel rotation with veteran Tatum Bell. Rotation or otherwise, most observers believe it's just a matter of time before Smith wins the top job.

Through three quarters, Smith has rushed for 19 yards on four carries, including a 16-yarder.