Kevin Smith sees reminders everywhere of the torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered in December.
The scar on his left knee. The brace he wears on the field. Even the first-round pick who sits a couple of stalls away in the Lions’ locker room.
Smith returned from December knee surgery Saturday to play 12 snaps in an exhibition win over the Denver Broncos. He carried three times, gained 6 yards, and pronounced himself “close” to 100% on Monday.