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Montell Owens no longer has a locker at Lions facility

ALLEN PARK, Mich. – Montell Owens went on injured reserve Tuesday. By Wednesday, he didn’t have a locker in the Detroit Lions' practice facility, having been replaced by William Powell.

This is unusual for the Lions, who still have lockers for Bill Bentley, Corey Hilliard and Stephen Tulloch, all of whom are also on injured reserve.

When asked what caused Owens, who had been dealing with a hamstring injury, to go on injured reserve, Lions coach Jim Caldwell gave an answer that wasn't about Owens’ injury.

“It’s just one of those things that happened just in terms of numbers and injuries at other positions,” Caldwell said. “And so therefore you have to find a way to get guys up or adding guys to your squad.”

The Lions added practice squad running back George Winn to the team Tuesday by sending Owens to injured reserve. Caldwell also said he couldn’t say why Owens didn’t have a locker, only that he is on injured reserve.

What could this mean? It could mean Owens might not be on the Detroit Lions’ roster for much longer. The other times a player has no longer had a locker, he was released soon afterward.