When the Lions take the field to play the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, they will be down at least two defensive starters, as they placed cornerback Alphonso Smith and defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch on injured reserve. Both players need surgery. Smith is dealing with a shoulder issue and Vanden Bosch has a bulging disk in his neck. The two are expected to have their surgeries today.
The Lions have signed cornerback Prince Miller to take Smith's spot on the roster. Here is a quick bio on Miller, who was on Baltimore's practice squad:
Miller was signed by Baltimore as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia. He was released during the final round of roster cuts and signed with the Patriots' practice squad. A week later Baltimore put him on their active roster. On Oct. 5, he was waived and signed to Baltimore's practice squad, where he had spent the last two months before signing with the Lions.
Currently, it's not known who will take Vanden Bosch's roster spot.
Alphonso Smith's surgery is reportedly going to be done by Dr. James Andrews, the man who has seen Matthew Stafford numerous times over the last couple of seasons for his shoulder injuries. Also, Andrews reportedly did surgery on Kevin Smith yesterday. Although he is out for the year because of a thumb injury, he had shoulder surgery for an issue that goes back to last season. Needless to say, Dr. James Andrews is a busy man when it comes to the Lions.