“Montell can do a lot of different things for a team,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said. “He can play special teams. He can run the ball, he can block, he can pass protect and is a very good leader in the locker room.
“We’re not going to miss his leadership because he’s going to be around. He’s going to be in meetings and stuff like that.”
Schwartz said he looks at each situation differently when it comes to injuries and the team’s short-term injured reserve slot and that he made “the best decision that will facilitate him coming back to us.”
Owens’ move to the IR means the Lions have a roster spot to pick up another player. The designation also means Owens can not practice until after Week 6.
As far as the Lions’ other injuries, Schwartz did not give an update on rookie defensive end Ziggy Ansah, who has missed practices and the final preseason game against Buffalo with an undisclosed injury. The Detroit Free Press reported the injury is possibly a concussion.
The team's first injury report of the week comes out Wednesday. Schwartz did not seem concerned, though, that Ansah has missed many reps over the past week. He had five tackles in the preseason before his injury.
“He got a lot of reps early in camp,” Schwartz said.
Other than Owens, Ansah and tight end Michael Williams (hand), who is on season-ending injured reserve, Schwartz appeared OK with the health of his team heading into Sunday’s opener against Minnesota.
Initially, Schwartz said he had no long-term injuries when Williams injured his hand, but said the injury ended up turning into a long-term one.
“We’ll be fairly healthy going into the first game, about the best we can expect coming out of training camp,” Schwartz said. “But as coaches we’re ready to go any direction we have to.”