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Aug 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions running back Montell Owens (34) is carried off the field after being injured in the second quarter of a preseason game against the New England Patriots at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions To Place Montell Owens on IR-Designated to Return

The Detroit Lions still have more work to do in getting down to the 53-player maximum by the 6 p.m. deadline and while the news so far to date has been about players getting cut, we know one bubble player is definitely safe.

The Lions will place running back Montell Owens on IR-designated to return. This allows the Lions to use to roster spot elsewhere while being able to bring back Owens later. The kicker is that the IR designation can’t become official until Tuesday so Owens will have to count against the 53-man roster today.

When healthy, Owens projects to be one of the team’s best special teams player.

Here is where the roster now stands:

Quarterback (3)
Matthew Stafford
Shaun Hill
Kellen Moore

Running Back (5)
Reggie Bush
Joique Bell
Mikel Leshoure
Montell Owens
Theo Riddick
Steven Miller

Fullback (1)
Shaun Chapas

Wide Receiver (7)
Calvin Johnson
Ryan Broyles
Nate Burleson
Patrick Edwards
Matt Willis
Kris Durham
Micheal Spurlock
Corey Fuller

Tight End (4)
Brandon Pettigrew
Tony Scheffler
Joseph Fauria
Michael Williams

Offensive Tackle (4)
Riley Reiff
Jason Fox
Corey Hilliard
LaAdrian Waddle
Kevin Haslam

Offensive Guard (4)
Rob Sims
Larry Warford
Dylan Gandy
Jake Scott
Rodney Austin
Darren Keyton

Center (2)
Dominic Raiola
Leroy Harris

Kicker (1)
David Akers

Punter (2)
Sam Martin
Blake Clingan

Long Snapper (1)
Don Muhlbach

Defensive End (5)
Ziggy Ansah
Jason Jones
Willie Young
Israel Idonije
Devin Taylor

Defensive Tackle (7)
Ndamukong Suh
Nick Fairley
C.J. Mosley
Justin Bannan
Jimmy Saddler-McQueen
Ogemdi Nwagbuo
Andre Fluellen
Xavier Proctor

Linebacker (7)
Stephen Tulloch
DeAnre Levy
Ashlee Palmer
Tahir Whitehead
Travis Lewis
Chris White
Rocky McIntosh
Jon Morgan
Brandon Hepburn

Cornerback (5)
Chris Houston
Darius Slay
Ron Bartell
Bill Bentley
Rashean Mathis
Jonte Green
Chris Greenwood

Safety (5)
Glover Quin
Louis Delmas
Don Carey
John Wendling
Amari Spievey
Tyrell Johnson
Martavius Neloms

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