Dorin Dickerson was drafted by the Texans in the seventh round out of Pittsburgh in 2010. (Rick Stewart / Getty Images)
Allen Park – Coach Jim Schwartz did not shut the door on the possibility that tight end Tony Scheffler's recent brain injury could force the Lions to put him on injured reserve.
"Him and (Theo) Riddick are still being evaluated," Schwartz said Monday when asked directly if putting Scheffler on IR was a possibility. "They didn’t make the trip (to Cleveland), but we’ve done that with a lot of guys that have been concussed. Travel is one of the things that can potentially set guys back -- the pressurized environment on a plane and stadiums and stuff like that.
"They’re still being evaluated so that’s really all I have to say there."
Scheffler suffered his third concussion in four years in Green Bay. Riddick suffered a concussion in the same game.
The Lions played at Cleveland Sunday with just two tight ends, which is partly why they worked out three tight ends Monday. From that group they signed former Buffalo Bill Dorin Dickerson. Receiver Patrick Edwards was placed on waivers.
Schwartz made it clear, though, that the signing was not an indication that Scheffler could be out long-term.
"I don’t know that one has direct influence on the other one," he said. "That decision (on signing another tight end) will be made regardless of Tony’s situation."
Dickerson, 25, played both receiver and tight end for the Bills – a hybrid role similar to what Scheffler plays for the Lions. He caught nine passes for 117 yards in 2012.
Another step for Owens
Montell Owens, who has been on short-term IR with a knee injury, is eligible to return to practice this week. He can be activated before the Lions play Chicago on Nov. 10.
"He’s been doing a lot with the trainers," Schwartz said. "He’s worked really hard to come back and he’s going to make a good contribution to our team. Hopefully it’s sooner rather than later, but a lot of that will depend on how he looks in those two weeks of practice.
"That’s one of the reasons for that (two-week) window, so that a player can get back in shape, football shape, and you can get him back in the swing of things without putting him back there too early."
Owens, a running back, was signed to be a leader on special teams.
Schwartz was asked about the team's improved kickoff coverage and he smiled, "Honestly with our kickoff coverage, you can have 10 guys named Schwartz out there with Sam (Martin) kicking it," he said. "A lot of those are touchbacks."
… Speaking of Martin, the rookie fifth-round pick achieved a franchise first Sunday. No other punter in Lions history had ever hit five punts with a 47-yard average, and drop three inside 20 with no touchbacks in the same game. "I know there were a lot of people that questioned that pick but I would like to see where all those people are right now, honestly," Schwartz said.