The Lions left Philadelphia as winners but did so awfully thin at cornerback. With just Chris Houston and rookie Jonte Green left as the healthy members of that group, the Lions brought Alphonso Smith and Justin Miller in for workouts yesterday and signEd Smith this morning.
To make room on the roster, the Lions waived running back Keiland Williams who contributed on special teams but carried the ball just twice through five games.
Smith spent the previous two season with the Lions but was cut during training camp prior to this season. With an immediate need at cornerback it makes sense that he has returned. Smith’s familiarity with the team and coaches make him a prime candidate to step in and contribute immediately. In fact, it was somewhat surprising that the Lions didn’t turn to Smith when Bill Bentley suffered a concussion earlier in the year. Instead they claimed Jerome Murphy off waivers from the New Orleans Saints.