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Lions add two running backs, officially send Zach Zenner to IR

George Winn returns to the 53-man roster, and the Lions sign a former San Diego Chargers draft pick to fill in a depleted running back group.

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Running back Zach Zenner officially headed to injured reserve on Tuesday, after a rough rib injury and collapsed lung during the Bears game on Sunday.

As noted before, the Detroit Lions are promoting George Winn from the practice squad and confirmed his addition to the active roster on Tuesday afternoon. Lions fans should be familiar with Winn from last year, when he played in 12 games and gained 60 yards on 17 carries. Since being signed as an undrafted free agent by the Texans in 2013, the running back has been on practice squads of the Patriots, Raiders, Steelers and Cowboys before catching on with Detroit in 2014.

The Lions also signed running back Marion Grice to the practice squad. Grice was selected 201st overall in the 6th round of the 2014 NFL draft by the San Diego Chargers but was eventually cut and signed by the Arizona Cardinals. Grice played sparingly in Arizona but actually scored a touchdown in the Cardinals playoff loss to the Panthers in January. College fans may know Grice from his huge performance in Arizona State's 2012 bowl win over Navy, just a week after his 22-year old brother was shot and killed for his Air Jordans.

With Joique Bell getting healthier, these new additions will likely not see much time on Sunday but should get some practice reps if Bell and Ameer Abdullah are still dealing with injuries.

Additionally, the Lions made a small change on the offensive line:

After a successful training camp, Taylor Boggs mostly saw special teams snaps for the Lions this year.

Michael Ola spent the beginning of the season on the Chargers' practice squad but was promoted to the active roster last week. However, Ola was did not play a single snap in the Chargers' game against the Packers on Sunday. He was subsequently released on Monday. The Lions used their high waiver claim priority to snag Ola before he could be placed back on the Chargers' practice squad.

UPDATE: The Lions made one additional move on Tuesday: