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ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Montell Owens waited and rehabbed. The running back understood this was part of the process.
The Detroit Lions sent him to injured reserve-designated to return before the first game of the season, meaning he would be unable to practice for six weeks and play for eight weeks.
Wednesday marked the six-week mark, meaning he could return to the field for the first time.
"This team has a real sense of camaraderie and when you've been apart, been away for six, seven, eight weeks, you miss it," Owens said Wednesday. "Just getting back out there (Wednesday) felt good. Just being amongst the guys, it was outstanding."
To return to the field, Owens said he "rehabbed my butt off" and that he was consistently in the training room recovering from a knee injury. And he is appreciative of the two-week window before he can be activated because it will allow him to return to football form gradually instead of right away.
"You need that to get back into football shape," Owens said. "To put your body in positions, in situations on the field that you can't quite simulate when you're in the rehab process.
"So it's all part of the process."
When he is activated, Owens' role will likely come on special teams, where he was a key contributor in the past for the Lions. He would also be available as a running back, but it is hard to see him beating out either Reggie Bush or Joique Bell for one of the two main roles.
Owens, in his first year with the Lions after spending from 2006 to 2012 with Jacksonville, had seen some offensive action with the Jaguars in his final season there, rushing 42 times for 209 yards.
"Well, obviously, my primary role is as a special teamer, that's my primary role," Owens said. "Obviously, I'll be spotted here and there on offense where ever needed, but my primary role is as a special teamer."
And now a look around the Interwebs for Lions news:
Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was fined for the second time this season, this time for a forehead-hairline hit on Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden. This might surprise the Browns, who thought Suh might have been fined for a different hit on Weeden. For either one, the NFL might have been wrong in fining him this time.
In non-Suh stories: This week's Question of the Week probes what television character some Detroit Lions would be. Jim Schwartz and Marvin Lewis? Old friends. This week's Rising/Falling, QB Watch and NFL Nation Buzz.
Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press and Terry Foster of the Detroit News debate whether the Lions can continue their hot start.
Dave Birkett of the Free Press traces Detroit's turnaround this year to turnovers.
Jim Schwartz is glad to get Owens back practicing, writes Chris McCosky in the Detroit News.
The Lions are saying to be patient with receiver Ryan Broyles, writes Justin Rogers of MLive.
Kyle Meinke from MLive writes the Lions are moving into a good spot in the NFC Playoff race.
Paula Pasche from the Oakland Press thinks the latest fine on Suh is "a reach."