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Friday, May 7, 2010
B & B all over: Smith, Pettigrew practice

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

In the midst of rehabilitating torn anterior cruciate ligaments, two key Detroit players made appearances Thursday at an organized team activity. Tight end Brandon Pettigrew and tailback Kevin Smith only participated in individual drills, but both expressed confidence they will be fully recovered by the start of the season -- if not when training camp begins in late July.

According to Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News, Smith was asked if he would be ready in time for camp. His response: "Is my name Kevin Smith? There's your answer."

Smith certainly has motivation to accelerate his recovery after the Lions drafted tailback Jahvid Best in the first round last month. The Lions also have added reinforcements to Pettigrew's position by trading for tight end Tony Scheffler.

I'm not sure what Smith's future with the team will be, but Pettigrew will resume his role as a central building block whenever he returns.

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