Winn -- who had been an exclusive rights free agent -- has signed his contract tender with the Lions, the Detroit Free Press reports. Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick continue to slot in as as the Lions' top two running backs, while Winn (who recorded just four carries for one yard in seven 2015 appearances for Detroit) and Zach Zenner will jostle for depth slotting in the team's backfield along with free agent acquisition Stevan Ridley.
Winn was promoted from the practice squad to the Lions' 53-man roster Tuesday, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports. Winn will take the place of fellow running back Zack Zenner, who sustained multiple cracked ribs and a partially collapsed lung Sunday versus the Bears. While he's unlikely to get much run behind Joique Bell (ankle), Ameer Abdullah (arm), and Theo Riddick, Winn did turn 19 carries into 73 yards in 12 games last season.
The Lions are planning to bring up Winn from their practice squad to replace the injured Zach Zenner (ribs), the Detroit Free Press reports. Winn is familiar with the Lions and they are with him, as he appeared in 12 games for the team last season and practiced with the team this year as part of the practice squad. Winn will slot in fourth on the depth chart at the running back position when he is officially added to the roster.
The Lions might not have running back Joique Bell for Sunday's key game at Green Bay, reports MLive.com. Bell has been limited in practice this week with an Achilles injury, and coach Jim Caldwell said only, "We'll see," when asked about Bell's status. Bell leads Detroit with 800 rushing yards and eight total touchdowns. He's averaged at least 4.0 yards per carry in four straight games, scoring five times in that span. If he can't play, Reggie Bush would start and Theo Riddick and George Winn would get increased snaps, the report said. Detroit is a 7.5-point underdog in the game that will decide the division title.
Several backs and receivers played minor roles Sunday for the Lions in a defeat of Chicago that raised their record to 11-4. Among them was running back Theo Riddick, who caught two passes for 10 yards. Wideout Jeremy Ross chipped in with a catch for 11 yards. Running backs Jed Collins and George Winn combined for two carries and eight yards.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/25||@Green Bay Packers||11||15.33|
|6||10/16||Los Angeles Rams||23||18.50|
|13||12/04||@New Orleans Saints||31||22.38|
|15||12/18||@New York Giants||26||20.38|
|17||01/01||Green Bay Packers||11||15.33|
|3 Year Avg||12||37||0||0||0||0||3|