George Winn caught the attention of the Detroit Lions' coaches during training camp. Now, he’ll be part of the active roster.
According to his agent, the Lions will promote the running back to their 53-man roster, a potential indication the Lions will be without at least one of their running backs this Sunday against Buffalo.
Joique Bell left Sunday’s win over the New York Jets with a possible concussion in the second half. Theo Riddick and Montell Owens both had hamstring injuries that forced them out of the win over the Jets as well, leaving the Lions with two healthy running backs: Reggie Bush and Jed Collins.
It’ll be interesting to watch the Lions over the next few days. While Bush is capable of handling a heavy workload, offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi has said he wants to watch Bush’s work in order to keep him as healthy as possible throughout the season.
Bush has only played 16 games in a season twice in his career. So far, the strategy has worked as Bush has been healthy this season. Bush has played in at least 14 games the past three seasons, though, and had 1,000-yard seasons in 2011 with Miami (1,086 yards) and 2013 with Detroit (1,006 yards).
Winn bounced around on multiple practice squads since going undrafted in 2013 before signing with the Lions prior to training camp. In camp, he became known for his ability to run over defenders and immediately pushed Mikel Leshoure for a roster spot. The Lions ended up cutting Leshoure but moved Winn to the practice squad.
There has been no corresponding move announced to open up a slot for Winn on the roster.