Lions Ink CB Pat Lee, Release CB Alphonso Smith

A day after their loss to the Vikings, the Lions made a roster move, claiming cornerback Pat Lee off waivers, and releasing cornerback Alphonso Smith.

Lee is no stranger to the team the Lions play this week in the Green Bay Packers, as he was their second round pick out of Auburn in 2008. He missed all of 2009 season with a knee injury.

This season he was a starter for the Oakland Raiders for seven games, and his being waived by Oakland came as a bit of a shock. The Raiders made the move to be able to activate cornerback Ron Bartell from IR.

Lee had a pick this season, it came against the Chiefs.

“Pat Lee has definitely improved the last three or four weeks and it’s in knowledge of the defense,” defensive coordinator Jason Tarver told the San Francisco Chronicle two weeks ago. “He’s gotten calmer faster in games. He needs to continue to go one play at a time, keep his hips down and keep making plays.

“He made a great catch on that interception last week and that was by having his eyes alive. As long as he can continue to correct his mistakes. he’s one of the guys that when things happen to him, he goes, ‘I got that; I know, that’s enough.’ ”

The Lions are expected to activate cornerback Drayton Florence from short-term IR later this week, meaning another roster move is on the way at some point.


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