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Lions sign RB Mike James to practice squad, release George Winn

The Detroit Lions have swapped running backs.

Miami Dolphins v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

The Detroit Lions lost another running back to injury on Sunday after Dwayne Washington left the Bears game with an ankle injury. Washington only played in seven snaps on Sunday, but according to Dave Birkett, he may be able to go against the Eagles this week:

However, the Lions made a move on Monday afternoon, suggesting that Washington may not be good to this week. Detroit signed running back Mike James to their practice squad, releasing long-time special teamer George Winn to make room.

James is a former sixth-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. James’ career was off to a promising start in his rookie year when he managed 295 yards at 4.9 a carry in just eight games of work; this included a huge 158 yard game against the Seattle Seahawks. Unfortunately, a broken ankle in early November ended his 2013 season.

From there his career never really took off. This season he was set to make the Bucs’ team as the third running back on the roster, but was suddenly waived/injured. Shortly thereafter, the Bucs came to an injury agreement with James and released him outright.

The severity nor the nature of the injury was never disclosed. However, according to several reports, James had been hampered by the injury for most of the preseason.

The injury must not be much of a concern to the Lions, because they released George Winn to make room for James. Winn had been with the since 2014, moving in between the active and practice squad rosters. During his two years with the Lions, he had 23 rushes for 74 yards and eight special teams tackles.

As for James, he will join the team for practice shortly, but his status for Sunday’s game likely relies on Washington’s availability. If Washington is unable to go, expect the Lions to bring James to the active squad as the team’s third running back.

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