The Detroit Lions are likely done with the services of special teams ace Montell Owens. The Detroit Lions placed Owens on IR yesterday with a hamstring injury. It was the second time in two years he has ended the season on the injured reserve list. In two seasons, he has only played in 6 games. That type of availability is difficult to overcome in justifying your roster spot. That is especially true with the emergence of George Winn in the preseason. Winn likely only missed a roster spot due to Owens’ special teams play. With Winn able to take those special teams reps, as well as his ability to spell Joique Bell, Owens is less of a need and more of a luxury.
The team’s desire to move on from Owens is becoming evident today as Montell Owens no longer has a locker.
ESPN’s Michael Rothstein confirmed today that Owens is the only Detroit Lion on the IR list who does not have a locker. Head coach Jim Caldwell refused to comment on this as well, likely indicating that Owens will not be with the team next season. I want to caution that this is all speculation at this point, but I feel it is enough evidence to indicate a likely end to Montell Owens’ time in Detroit.