Lions' Zach Zenner recovering after surgery

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Allen Park — After undergoing a minor procedure to repair his partially collapsed lung, Lions running back Zach Zenner is out of the area hospital where he went after suffering his chest injury in last Sunday’s game.

“He’s at home and feeling much better,” coach Jim Caldwell said Wednesday. “He’s doing well.”

Zenner suffered four cracked ribs on a hard hit from Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee at the end of a second-quarter run. He did not return to the game, and the Lions placed him on injured reserve Tuesday, ending his rookie season after 17 carries for 60 yards and two catches for 11 yards.

Lions running back Zach Zenner was placed on injured reserve, ending his rookie season with 17 carries for 60 yards and two catches for 11 yards.

To replace Zenner, the Lions promoted George Winn from the active roster. Though they’re much different players, they both can run with similar power. Like Zenner, Winn will likely contribute significant on special teams as he did last season.

“George is a hard-charging guy, a blue-collar worker just in terms of how he approaches each and every day,” Caldwell said of the 24-year-old Winn. “He’s tough, he’s hard-nosed, he loves to play.

“He practices like he’s in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl every single day. He runs hard, and he’s versatile because he can give you something on special teams and certainly carry the load if you ask him to.”