Lions sign CB Alphonso Smith; release RB Keiland Williams

Posted by ttwentyman on October 18, 2012 – 10:39 am

With their cornerback numbers dwindling due to injury, the Lions have brought back a familiar face in Alphonso Smith, signing the veteran corner to a free agent contract Thursday.

Cornerbacks Bill Bentley (shoulder) and Jacob Lacey (concussion) were injured in Sunday’s win over the Eagles and did not return. Neither player was on the practice field Wednesday for the Lions, either.

Smith is a logical sign for the Lions having been with the team through training camp before he was released in final cuts. The Lions traded for Smith before the 2010 season and he recorded eight interceptions and started 11 games over that two-year span. It then became a numbers game at the beginning of the season with rookie Bentley and Jonte Green earning spots on the 53-man roster.

Smith now joins Chris Houston and Green as the only cornerbacks on the roster not dealing with an injury.

Rookie cornerback Chris Greenwood returned to the practice field for the first time Tuesday after missing the first six weeks of the season while on the Physically Unable to Perform list. The Lions have yet to activate him to the 53-man roster and have a couple more weeks before they would have to do so.

The Lions released running back Keiland Williams to make room for Smith on the roster. The team claimed Williams off waivers before last season. He’s played in every game for them this season – mostly on special teams – with just two carries and two receptions on offense.


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9 Responses to “Lions sign CB Alphonso Smith; release RB Keiland Williams”

  1. By eddie Hiller on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    smart move

  2. By Adam on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Dear Detroit Lions…KEVIN SMITH! Put good ol’ K. Smith in as Best’s role…he can do it! Give him whats do!

  3. By Sagmich on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    I like the move. Welcome back Alphonso Smith!!!

  4. By freebird2011 on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    I think Alphonso Smith is more effective in the slot against smaller WRs like Santana Moss than he is outside against bigger WRs like Jordy Nelson.

    Hopefully, Lions fans will get to see the Carlton dance on Monday night.

  5. By soph on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t think we can deal with anymore injuries in the secondary. Stay healthy guys!

  6. By rockbo1955 on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    This a good move considering all the injured in the sf/db ! Hopefully the injury bug will go to another team! GO LIONS!

  7. By mickd on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    The Lions need to start maturing as a team. I know it difficult when you don’t have your full compliment of starters but the next guy up needs to plug and play at a high level. If that does not occur forget about the playoffs let alone the super bowl. It will happen if the following occurs.
    1. What needs to happen…Stafford needs to improve his focus and play in the first half and the red zone. How it will happen…Coach Scott needs a plan that have simple high percentage completion throws to get Stafford loose and confident. This team scores when they throw to set up the run and not run to set up the throw. The offensive receiver sets need to be disguised so that it’s not picked up by opposing defenses.
    2. What needs to happen…. The defensive line must put continual pressure on Cutler. How will it happen. Constantly move Suh and Fairley around to increase sack production. Keep Delmas close to the line to confuse Chicago’s offensive line assignments giving Suh and Fairley one on one opportunities.
    3. What needs to happen….Special teams need to cover well and give Stafford more opportunities to score with a shorter field. How it will happen…. Our players will be disciplined by staying in their lanes and getting off their blocks.

  8. By ROBERT on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Outstanding now I can start watching the lions again.Go get make some tackles fonz.

  9. By Alkevius on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    Congrats Alphonso, Welcome back, now for my 21st Birthday i’ll be in Jacksonville, FL, watching Detroit take on Jacksonville Jaguars!!! This had to be my brother most amazing 27th bitrhday gift to be picked up two days before his birthday.

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