Well, so much for Montell Owens. On Tuesday, the Detroit Lions running back was placed on injured reserve to end his season.
The Lions signed him on May 30 mostly to help with special teams.
Owens injured his knee during camp and was placed on short-term injured reserve.
He started practicing before the bye week (Nov. 3) and played in his first — and only — game this season on Nov. 10. at Chicago. He played just five snaps (two as a fullback, three on special teams) before aggravating his knee injury.
To fill his place on the roster the Lions have re-signed tight end Dorin Dickerson.
They were short at the tight end position with just Brandon Pettigrew and Joe Fauria on the 53-man roster.
Dickerson signed with the Lions on Oct. 15, but then was cut on Oct. 19.
He was a seventh-round pick out of Pittsburgh by Houston in 2010. He played in 11 games for the Buffalo Bills in 2012 when he had nine receptions for 117 yards. The Bills released him on Aug. 30.
The Lions had worked him out and were familiar with him from coaching him in the 2010 Senior Bowl.
On Sunday, Pettigrew went down (see photo) in the Lions’ first series. He had his left knee wrapped and was able to get back in the game. Fauria was the only other active tight end. In a pinch, Dylan Gandy can fill in on some of the tight end packages.