Detroit Lions: D'Anthony Smith

Turns out D'Anthony Smith's stay in Detroit was a short one.

A week and a day after the Lions claimed Smith off waivers from Seattle, they released him and signed wide receiver Kevin Ogletree, most recently of Tampa Bay.

On a lot of levels, this makes sense for Detroit. The Lions were still needing a receiver since Nate Burleson broke his forearm last Tuesday and Patrick Edwards was hobbled with an injured ankle.

Ogletree gives Detroit a taller veteran -- he's 6-1 -- to work with in the receiving corps.

Originally undrafted out of Virginia, the Queens, N.Y., native played his first four seasons in the NFL with Dallas, catching 57 passes for 730 yards and four touchdowns. He went to Tampa Bay to start this season and caught eight passes for 70 yards and a score in the team's first four games.

He was then released and the Lions jumped on him as an experienced, young receiver.

How fast he'll be able to make an impact remains to be seen. Detroit could use extra receivers against Green Bay and while Edwards practiced fully Wednesday, his status for Sunday is uncertain. At the very least, Ogletree's signing gives the Lions another healthy receiver to go with Calvin Johnson, Kris Durham, Ryan Broyles and return specialist Micheal Spurlock.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Good news for the Detroit Lions on Thursday. Every player other than receiver Nate Burleson showed up at practice with a helmet.

That means Calvin Johnson and Rob Sims, among others, were back out with the Lions practicing.

Of course, there could be a bunch of guys who are limited Thursday, but that won't be fully known until 4 p.m., when the day's practice report comes out.

The Lions' two signings were also in attendance. Defensive tackle D'Anthony Smith is wearing No. 95, and practice squad receiver Charles Hawkins is wearing No. 19.
The Detroit Lions have claimed defensive tackle D'Anthony Smith off waivers from Seattle.

In a corresponding move, the Lions released defensive tackle Justin Bannan.

This comes on the heels of Detroit bringing back defensive lineman Andre Fluellen following Jason Jones' season-ending patellar tendon injury.

It's a curious move for Detroit. By releasing Bannan, it felt like the Lions were going to open up a slot to either trade for or pick up a receiver since Nate Burleson will be out for an undetermined period of time healing from a broken forearm.

Instead, the Lions added Smith, who had five tackles this season and 15 in his two-year career between Jacksonville and Seattle. It is tough to see Smith being any higher than Detroit's fourth defensive tackle behind Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and C.J. Mosley. And the Lions had just brought in Fluellen, who can play defensive tackle as well.

Smith was clearly a valued player, though. He was drafted by Jacksonville in the third round of the 2010 draft and then spent his first two seasons with the Jaguars on injured reserve.

An interesting caveat to this move is there is some familiarity there between Smith and Mosley. They played together for the past three seasons in Jacksonville before Smith was traded to Seattle and Mosley came to Detroit.

Now they are reunited.

In one other move, the Lions did add a receiver Wednesday. They brought rookie Charles Hawkins -- a 5-foot-8, 180-pound product of Southern University -- on to the practice squad.

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