The Bears have signed veteran fullback Montell Owens to take the place of shelved LB D.J. Williams on the roster.
Owens, a former Pro Bowl special teamer with Jacksonville, played in several games for Detroit early in the year.
The Lions put running back Montell Owens on injured reserve with a hamstring injury, ending his season.
The Lions might need to promote running back George Winn from the practice squad or sign a free agent because they currently have two healthy running backs, Reggie Bush and fullback Jed Collins, reports the Detroit Free Press. Joique Bell is recovering from a concussion, while Theo Riddick and Montell Owens are dealing with pulled hamstrings.
All three were knocked out of Sunday's win over the Jets. Lions coach Jim Caldwell has not provided any updates on the injured trio. Detroit hosts Buffalo in Week 5.
Lions running backs Montell Owens and Theo Riddick were both forced out of Sunday's game against the Jets due to hamstring injuries, per ESPN.
Owens, who had been nursing a hamstring injury as of late, was on the sideline in street clothes in the second half. Riddick also re-aggravated the injury in the first half. He had one carry for two yards before leaving the game.
The Lions will host the Bills in Week 5.
The following players on the injury report were listed active for the Lions in Week 4 against the Jets: Calvin Johnson (ankle), Ezekiel Ansah (knee), Joique Bell (knee), Nick Fairley (biceps), James Ihedigbo (neck), George Johnson (groin), Theo Riddick (hamstring) and Montell Owens (hamstring).
The questionable tag for premier wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) highlights a lengthy injury report issued Friday by the Lions.
Those ruled out are tight end Joseph Fauria (ankle), linebacker Travis Lewis (quad) and cornerback Cassius Vaughn (ankle). Safety Don Carey (hamstring) and tackle LaAdrian Waddle (calf) are doubtful.
Fullback Montell Owens (hamstring) is the lone questionable. The probables are defensive ends Ezekiel Ansah (knee) and George Johnson (groin), running backs Joique Bell (knee) and Theo Riddick (hamstring), defensive tackle Nick Fairley (biceps) and safety James Ihedigbo (neck).
The Lions have listed QB Kellen Moore, CB Cassius Vaughn, S James Ihedigbo, FB Montell Owens, LB Travis Lewis, T LaAdrian Waddle and WR Ryan Broyles as inactive Week 3 against the Packers.
Lewis and Vaughn had already been ruled out prior to gametime. Ihedigbo and Owens entered the game considered doubtful.
Lions running back Montell Owens is expected to sit out Week 3 against the Packers, after being limited throughout the week in practice due to a hamstring injury. He is officially listed on the injury report as doubtful.
Lions running back Montell Owens left Friday's preseason game against the Jaguars in the opening quarter with a an apparent head injury, the team announced. Owens was taken back to the locker and was evaluated for a head injury. The team has not revealed the extent of the injury, though he was unable to return.
Jed Collins should beat out Montell Owens in the Lions' training camp battle at fullback, reports MLive.com. The website favors Collins "based on his frame and his familiarity with offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi."
Collins (6-1, 255) spent the last three seasons in New Orleans with Lombardi.
Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said the team might keep both fullbacks currently on the roster: Jed Collins and Montell Owens.
"Montell can play fullback, but Montell is sort of a tweener halfback/fullback guy," Mayhew told MLive.com. "Obviously Jed, he's a hammering fullback. I've seen him play fullback on some run downs and short-yardage situations, he can play some special teams for you in some other situations. So they're really two different types of players.
"There's a way where you keep both of them, so we'll see how it all plays out."
Lions running back Montell Owens has taken a pay cut to stay with the team, reports MLive.com. The move will save the Lions nearly $200,000 against the 2014 salary cap.
The Lions announced Tuesday they placed running back Montell Owens on injured reserve with a knee injury. To take Owens' roster spot, the Lions re-signed tight end Dorin Dickerson.
The Lions have made RB Montell Owens, DE Ziggy Ansah, CB Bill Bentley, T Corey Hilliard, WR Nate Burleson, QB Kellen Moore and G Leroy Harris inactive Week 11 against the Steelers.
Owens was ruled out Friday due to a knee injury. Both Bentley and Burleson were doubtful. Ansah attempted to get his ankle going during pre-game, but it was determined he should sit against Pittsburgh.
Lions running back Montell Owens has been ruled out Week 11 against the Steelers.
Owens has been dealing with a knee injury that kept him out of practice all week. Owens began the season on short-term IR, but re-injured his knee Week 10.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz said Monday running back Montell Owens aggravated his knee injury in his season debut Week 10 at Chicago. Schwartz said Owens, who began the season on short-term IR, is day to day and week to week.
The Lions activated running back Montell Owens (knee) from short-term injured reserve. He takes the roster spot left by wideout Ryan Broyles, who's out for the year with a ruptured Achilles.
Owens will be eliglble to play when Detroit returns from its bye to visit Chicago in Week 10.
Lions running back Montell Owens, who has been sidelined since hurting his knee in August, is expected to practice this week.
Owens has been on short-term injured reserve, so he can't officially be activated until the team's Week 9 bye. However, he can return to practice.
"He’s been doing a lot with the trainers," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said, per the Detroit Free Press. "He’s worked really hard to come back. He’s going to make a good contribution to our team. Hopefully, it’s sooner rather than later, but a lot of that will depend on how he looks in those two weeks of practice."
Lions running back Montell Owens (knee) has been placed on short-term injured reserve, meaning he can't practice with the team until after Week 6.
“Montell can do a lot of different things for a team,” coach Jim Schwartz told ESPN.com. “He can play special teams. He can run the ball, he can block, he can pass protect and is a very good leader in the locker room.
“We’re not going to miss his leadership because he’s going to be around. He’s going to be in meetings and stuff like that.”
The Lions will place special teams player Montell Owens on injured reserve with a designation to return, the Detroit Free Press reports Saturday. Owens suffered a knee injury in the third preseason game against New England.
Owens remains on the 53-man roster for now, because the Lions cannot place him on short-term IR until 4 p.m. Tuesday. Owens will not be able to return for at least six weeks.