Source: Lions claim CB Patrick Lee off waivers; release CB Alphonso Smith

Posted by ttwentyman on November 12, 2012 – 8:52 pm

The Lions have claimed former Raiders cornerback Patrick Lee off waivers, according to a league source.

The team released cornerback Alphonso Smith to make room on the roster.

Lee, six feet, 200 pounds, is a former second-round pick of the Packers out of Auburn. He played three seasons for the Packers before signing with the Raiders this offseason. He appeared in eight games for Oakland this year, starting seven, before being released last week.

He had 30 tackles, one interception, a forced fumble and four pass breakups before his release.

Smith re-signed with Detroit in October after the Lions had suffered some injuries to its secondary. He appeared in four games, with eight tackles and two pass defenses.

The Lions are expected to get cornerback Drayton Florence back off short-term injured reserve this week as well. Florence hasn’t played since breaking his forearn at San Francisco Week 2.

“He’s eligible to come back and he’s physically cleared so we would have to make a roster spot for him,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said Monday.

“We’ve missed him on the field. He’s a good veteran presence particularly with the injuries that we have in the secondary. It would be good to get him returned.”

The team will have to release another player to make room for Florence on the roster.

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