RB Winn returning to Lions after Zenner injury

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Running back Zach Zenner’s impressive preseason helped him earn a spot on the 53-man roster, but with him going on injured reserve, the man he beat for a job will reclaim his spot on the team.

Lions running back George Winn has been on the practice squad.

The Lions plan to sign George Winn, who’s been on the team’s practice squad all season, to the active roster Wednesday after moving Zenner, who suffered four cracked ribs and a partially collapsed lung Sunday, to the reserve list.

A Southfield native, Winn played 12 games for the Lions in 2014, finishing with 19 carries for 73 yards and becoming a key contributor on special teams.

With Ameer Abdullah (left arm/stinger) and Theo Riddick (groin) playing through injuries Sunday and Joique Bell (ankle) missing the last three games, Winn could have some opportunities on offense. Zenner had 10 carries in Week 5 and three in the first 18 minutes of Week 6. Winn will likely play special teams immediately, too.

The 24-year-old Winn went to U-D Jesuit before going to Cincinnati and going undrafted in 2013. As of August, he was living with his parents in West Bloomfield and said he would move out if he made the 53-man roster. If he hadn’t already moved, Winn will now have more money if he wants to leave the family basement.

The Bills plan to sign offensive tackle Jordan Mills off the Lions' practice squad, according to Pro Football Talk, so the Lions will have two open practice squad spots Wednesday. Mills had to fly to London for Buffalo's game against the Jaguars.