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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