Lions put cornerback on injured reserve

Updated: September 7, 2003, 12:55 PM ET

DETROIT -- Lions cornerback Chris Watson was placed on injured reserve because of a back injury that prevented him from playing all of preseason.

Detroit signed Watson as a free agent to strengthen its depth at cornerback. The Lions put him on injured reserve a day before they opened their season Sunday at home against Arizona.

Watson spent the past three seasons with the Buffalo Bills. He started eight games for Buffalo last year, making one interception and 47 tackles.

On Wednesday, the Lions signed 37-year-old cornerback Otis Smith after losing cornerback Chris Cash for the season with a knee injury.

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