The Lions will not distribute Corey Smith‘s jersey No. 93 this season, as the organization continues to deal with his disappearance, according to the Detroit Free Press. The team has stopped short of making plans for a memorial, but for right now, no Lion will wear No. 93.
- “I can tell you that the only player that will wear No. 93 for the Detroit Lions this year will be Corey Smith, and that’s something I think is important,” team president Tom Lewand said Wednesday.
- “Right now I think the focus should be on hoping and praying a miracle can happen, and we need to stay in contact with the family and hope we can bring closure to the situation for their sake.”
Smith and three others were on a fishing trip over the weekend off the coast in Tampa when their boat capsized. One survivor was found, but the Coast Guard has called off the search for the other three, who are presumed dead.