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Monday, August 10, 2009
DeVries loss could open door for Smith, Carter

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Detroit might have suffered a significant loss Monday morning when defensive end Jared DeVries was taken off the field on a cart after suffering an injury near his right ankle. Coach Jim Schwartz said the injury didn't look good on the field but declined to speculate on its severity.

UPDATE (5:25 ET): As you've probably heard by now, DeVries suffered a season-ending Achilles injury. 

 DeVries

The Lions had already expressed interest in free-agent defensive lineman Shaun Smith, who visited St. Louis on Sunday after his unexpected release last week from Cleveland. Smith visited Lions practice Monday. Losing DeVries would give the Lions more incentive to sign Smith, who played end and nose tackle in Cleveland. It's likely he would serve as a tackle in the Lions' 4-3 scheme, but no matter what position he plays, a 325-pound defensive lineman can only help the Lions.

It will also be interesting to see if the injury prompts the Lions to sign veteran defensive end Kevin Carter, who they expressed interest in during the offseason. We'll have more as the day progresses. If you want some background on why Cleveland released Smith, read here.

For now, it's off to Chicago's 1 p.m. ET practice.