Jim Schwartz on Montell Owens: 'He's a good leader and it's good to have that back on the field.' (Daniel Mears / Detroit News)
Allen Park -- Running back and special teams leader Montell Owens was back at practice Wednesday for the first time since injuring his knee in the third exhibition.
Under the terms of the short-term injured list, Owens will practice the next two weeks. He would be eligible to be active before the Lions play the Bears on Nov. 10.
“It’s nice to get him back,” coach Jim Schwartz said. “He’s been working really hard, but it’s been on the side. It’s been with the trainers, so it’s good to have him back on the field with the team, out in the stretch line, going through drills and stuff like that.
“He’s a good player for us and we miss him on the field, but he also brings something more than just his play. He’s a good leader and it’s good to have that back on the field.”
Dominating the North
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, during a teleconference with Detroit reporters, was asked is secret for dominating the NFC North.
“If I tell you, I’d have to kill you,” he joked.
His teams are 8-2 against the NFC North.
“I don’t know, we just try to play our style,” he said. “We’ve been fortunate but this is a new week. We are 0-1 on the road against the NFC right now.”
Receiver Calvin Johnson (right knee soreness) was back on the practice field Wednesday.
He went through warmups, position drills and ran routes during the portion of practice open to the media. He was listed as a limited participant, but it was the first time he practiced on a Wednesday in three weeks.
Limited but practicing were running back Joique Bell (ribs) and cornerback Rashean Mathis (groin). Neither finished last weekend’s game.
Not practicing were right tackle Jason Fox (knee), running back Theo Riddick (concussion), tight end Tony Scheffler (concussion) and safety Louis Delmas (knee).
Riddick was on the field taking mental reps, which is a sign he’s closer to being cleared.
During position drills, defensive tackle C.J. Mosley was being tended to by trainers. He was getting either his leg or ankle wrapped and he was not listed on the injury report.
As expected, the Lions re-signed receiver Patrick Edwards to their practice squad. They released fullback Shaun Chapas to make room for him. Edwards, who had five catches for 48 yards in four games, was released Tuesday and cleared waivers.