By the end of Sunday's game against the New York Jets, the Detroit Lions were down to only Reggie Bush at running back. Joique Bell suffered an apparent concussion, and Theo Riddick and Montell Owens both left with hamstring injuries. Aside from Bush, fullback Jed Collins was really the only other option in the backfield if the Lions wanted to run the ball. It was not a good situation, to say the least.
In order to make sure they're not in a similar situation this week, the Lions have decided to promote running back George Winn from their practice squad.
In a possible indication they expect Joique Bell to be out this week, Lions will sign RB George Winn off their practice squad, source says.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 30, 2014
As Mike Garafolo said, this is likely an indication that Bell will miss Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills. Being extra careful with concussions is the right way to go, and if they felt the need to sign someone this early in the week, that can't be a good sign for Bell's status.
Winn joins the Lions' 53-man roster after nearly making the team a month ago. He put together a pretty solid preseason both as a running back and a contributor on special teams, although he did have some issues with fumbling the ball. In any case, the Lions simply didn't have a need for four running backs and two fullbacks, so Winn was the odd man out at the time. Now, he's going to get his shot on the 53-man roster after spending a month on the practice squad.