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Clifton Smith Battling Injury, Huggins, Ward


Running back Clifton Smith said he plans to get back on the field this week after missing last week’s practices and the preseason opener with a hamstring injury.

“I’m going to definitely go this week,” Smith said. “I was counting back and it’s been about nine months since I last played in a game (he went on IR last season after two concussions). I’m excited and I’m ready to get back out there and play. I’m tired of sitting out and watching my teammates have fun.”

But Smith is attempting to fight off some competition, too.

In the backfield, he has stiff competition from Kareem Huggins, who has probably overtaken Smith for now and is a threat to No. 2 Derrick Ward, too. And even as a return man, Smith acknowledged he has work to do in his effort to retain his kick- and punt-return duties. That’s where he’s fighting with accomplished returners Sammie Stroughter and Micheal Spurlock as well as newcomer Preston Parker.

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