Lions sign Alphonso Smith, release Keiland Williams

Gregory Shamus

The Detroit Lions have brought back Alphonso Smith and released Keiland Williams.

The Detroit Lions have officially re-signed cornerback Alphonso Smith. He was in town on Wednesday to work out for the Lions, and one day later they decided to make his return official by signing him. To make room on the roster, the Lions released running back Keiland Williams.

Smith, who originally joined the Lions prior to the 2010 season, was released this year during the final round of cuts. He dropped down the depth chart during the preseason, and the Lions opted for youth over experience by keeping Jonte Green around instead of Smith. Now, with Bill Bentley and Jacob Lacey both injured, Smith has been given another chance to play for the Lions.

Williams was claimed off waivers by the Lions right before the start of the 2011 season. This year, he only had two carries for three yards and two catches for nine yards in the first five games. While Kevin Smith has gotten little to no playing time as of late, the Lions saw Williams as the more expendable of the two when it came to clearing room on the roster.

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