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The Lions hosted cornerbacks Alphonso Smith and Justin Miller, who were with the team earlier this year, for workouts on Wednesday.
Former Detroit Lions cornerbacks Alphonso Smith and Justin Miller were in Allen Park on Wednesday to work out for the team. Both Smith and Miller were let go by the Lions during the final round of roster cuts at the end of August, and neither has been with an NFL team since then.
The reason for the workout is pretty obvious. The Lions are thin depth-wise at cornerback already, and cornerbacks Bill Bentley (shoulder) and Jacob Lacey (concussion) are both dealing with injuries. Should either be ruled out later this week for Monday night's game against the Chicago Bears, it's likely that the Lions will sign Smith or Miller.
According to Anwar Richardson, Smith said he would "love" to return to the Lions, although he admitted it was "borderline uncomfortable" to have to work out for a team he once played for. He has also worked out for the Miami Dolphins, although it didn't result in a contract offer.
Paula Pasche reports that Smith also said that he's watched every Lions game and has been staying in shape, so it's very possible he will get the call to join the team if Bentley or Lacey can't play in Chicago.