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Montell Owens | Running Back

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (30) / 5/4/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 225
College: Maine
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Lions RB/FB Montell Owens left Friday's preseason game with a head injury.
Owens is being evaluated for a concussion. His return is questionable. Aug 22 - 8:09 PM

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Lions placed RB/FB Montell Owens on injured reserve with a knee injury, ending his season.

Owens came off injured reserve/designated to return in Week 9, but went down again in Week 10. He was inactive for Sunday's loss to the Steelers. A special teams standout, Owens is signed through 2014, but will have to prove he's healthy to have any shot at keeping his roster spot.
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 02:25:00 PM

Lions RB/FB Montell Owens aggravated his knee injury in Sunday's win over the Bears.

Owens was just activated off short-term IR at the end of October. Now he's back in the "week to week" camp. He's one of the Lions core special teamers.
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 10:01:00 AM

Lions activated RB/FB Montell Owens (knee) from short-term injured reserve.

Ryan Broyles (Achilles') was placed on injured reserve in a corresponding move. Owens hurt his knee in the third preseason game. He'll return to give Detroit's special teams a boost. Owens is a two-time Pro Bowler on special teams.
Wed, Oct 30, 2013 05:12:00 PM

Lions placed RB/FB Montell Owens (knee) on injured reserve/designated to return.

Owens went down on a non-contact play in the third preseason game. He won't be eligible to return until November. His absence is a severe blow to the Lions' special teams, where he was a two-time Pro Bowler. Mikel Leshoure is now the clear-cut big back in Detroit, but he remains behind Reggie Bush and Joique Bell.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 02:18:00 PM

Lions RB/FB Montell Owens exited Thursday night's preseason game with a potentially severe left knee injury.

On a traditional carry, Owens took one step and collapsed without contact, suggesting an interior tear in his knee. Non-contact injuries typically don't end well. Owens was receiving carries ahead of Mikel Leshoure on Thursday night, and behind Reggie Bush and Joique Bell. He also plays special teams.
Thu, Aug 22, 2013 08:46:00 PM

Lions signed FB/RB Montell Owens, formerly of the Jaguars.

A two-time Pro Bowl special teamer, Owens can also do some lead-blocking and carry the ball in a pinch. Last season, he rushed 42 times for 209 yards with one touchdown after the Jags' running back corps was decimated by injury. The 29-year-old will play a similar insurance/special teams role if he sticks on the Lions' roster. Reggie Bush, Mikel Leshoure and Joique Bell are all more talented runners.
Thu, May 30, 2013 12:02:00 PM

Free agent FB/RB Montell Owens visited the Bills on Monday.

Per, Owens is being eyed as a special teamer. He was released by the Jaguars last week. Owens has been to two Pro Bowls as a special teamer.
Mon, May 20, 2013 11:58:00 AM

Jaguars released RB/FB Montell Owens.

Owens was a core special teamer and reserve fullback for the first 4 1/2 years of his career. Then the Jags' backfield was decimated by injury and he became a name in fantasy football circles by rushing for 180 yards with a touchdown between Weeks 14 and 16 of last season. A knee injury kept Owens out of Week 17 and it still might not be right. He did participate in this week's OTAs. 29-year-old Owens was owed a $2 million base salary.
Thu, May 16, 2013 09:37:00 AM

Jaguars RB Montell Owens (knee) has not been medically cleared yet.

Owens was a core special teamer and reserve fullback until injuries decimated the Jags' backfield last year. He ended up as a feature back in Weeks 14-16, impressively compiling 35 carries for 180 yards (5.14 YPC) and one touchdown during that span. But he went down with a knee injury that kept him out of Week 17 and now Justin Forsett has been signed to back up a soon-to-be healthy Maurice Jones-Drew. Owens won't be a real candidate for carries this season.
Thu, Apr 4, 2013 11:26:00 AM

Montell Owens is inactive for Week 17 against the Titans after suffering an injury in pre-game warmups.

Owens' knee flared up during the pre-game workout. Richard Murphy is expected to handle the rushing load against Tennessee. Jacksonville's Week 17 inactives are Owens, CB Antwaun Molden, G Eben Britton, G Uche Nwaneri, TE Allen Reisner, DE John Chick, and DT Jerome Long.
Sun, Dec 30, 2012 11:34:00 AM

According to the Times Union, the Jaguars "don't want to tax [Montell] Owens to where he can't be a Pro Bowl-caliber player on special teams" in 2013.

Owens has fared well as a desperation feature back over the last three weeks, rushing 35 times for 180 yards (5.14 YPC) with one touchdown and adding six catches for 94 yards. That's led to speculation that he could enter 2013 as Maurice Jones-Drew's backup with Rashad Jennings and Jalen Parmele set to hit the free agent market, but the Jags apparently don't want to go down that path. Look for a young backup that could eventually take over for Jones-Drew to be brought in this offseason.
Thu, Dec 27, 2012 09:01:00 AM

Montell Owens rushed for 42 yards on ten carries and caught four passes for 77 yards in Sunday's Week 16 loss to the Patriots.

Owens and No. 2 back Richard Murphy split carries right down the middle at ten totes apiece. Owens did his damage in the receiving game, picking up a long catch-and-run of 53 yards to set up a field goal attempt in the first half. He could start the season finale in Tennessee, but Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) and Rashad Jennings (concussion) appear to be nearing a return.
Sun, Dec 23, 2012 05:56:00 PM

Jaguars RB Montell Owens rushed 11 times for 47 yards and caught a pass for a gain of six in the team's Week 15 loss to Miami.

Owens isn't a terrible player, but he lacks any hint of big-play ability and has been a minimal factor in the passing game through two starts. The Dolphins' heavyweight defense stifled Owens on first-quarter runs, before Jacksonville turned to the passing game due to a scoreboard deficit. Owens will remain a weak flex option when the Jaguars host the Patriots in Week 16.
Sun, Dec 16, 2012 04:18:00 PM

Montell Owens is expected to start for the Jaguars again in Week 15.

Rashad Jennings has yet to pass concussion tests and is not practicing again this week. Owens, a special teamer and part-time fullback, was Jacksonville's best offensive player in last week's game versus the Jets. He has tougher sledding against a stout Dolphins front seven.
Thu, Dec 13, 2012 02:47:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Dan Orlovsky
3Kellen Moore
RB1Reggie Bush
2Joique Bell
3Theo Riddick
4George Winn
GLB1Reggie Bush
2Joique Bell
3RB1Reggie Bush
2Joique Bell
FB1Jed Collins
2Montell Owens
WR11Calvin Johnson
2Kevin Ogletree
3Jeremy Ross
4T.J. Jones
WR21Golden Tate
2Ryan Broyles
3Corey Fuller
WR31Kevin Ogletree
TE1Brandon Pettigrew
2Eric Ebron
3Joseph Fauria
K1Nate Freese