Owens joined the Lions in 2013 after seven years in Jacksonville. He played in 104 games with the Jaguars and gained 292 yards on 56 carries with three touchdowns. Since coming to Detroit, he hasn't been able to stay healthy. In two seasons, he played in four games for the Lions.
This move came hours after the Lions promoted running back George Winn, who will take his spot on the roster. To take Winn's spot on the roster, the Lions signed Kansas State running back William Powell to the practice squad. Powell played in 13 games for Arizona in 2012, rushing 60 times for 217 yards and catching 19 passes for 132 yards.
Powell was cut by Houston in August.
He was one of five players to work out for the Lions on Tuesday. Here are quick bios on the other four, per colleague Field Yates:
RB Tashard Choice: Choice played at Georgia Tech with Calvin Johnson in 2006 and was a fourth-round pick by the Cowboys in 2008. In 88 games between Dallas, Washington, Buffalo and Miami, he had 372 carries for 1,579 yards and 10 touchdowns. His best year was his rookie season, when he had 92 carries for 472 yards.
RB Alex Green: Green played three seasons after being drafted in the fourth round by Green Bay out of Hawaii. In 29 games between the Packers and Jets, he had 149 carries for 510 yards and no touchdowns. His only productive year was in 2012, when he had 464 rushing yards for Green Bay.
WR Damian Williams: The former USC receiver spent the last four years with Tennessee, catching 106 passes for 1,313 yards and five touchdowns. All five of those scores came in 2011. He was one of Mark Sanchez's primary targets at USC after transferring from Arkansas, where he played under his former high school coach, Gus Malzahn.
WR Ramses Barden: The 6-foot-6 former Giants receiver was also brought in for a look Tuesday. In 29 games with New York, he had 29 catches for 394 yards and no touchdowns. He was in camp with the Jaguars before being released.