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The Lions are making another promotion from their practice squad to the regular roster, with second-year running back George Winn.

Winn, who had a good preseason before being put on the 10-man practice squad, will be signed to the 53-man roster, Winn's agent, Michael Puterbaugh, told The Detroit News.

Although Winn has never played in a regular-season game, he said last week he was looking forward to a chance to see game action if the opportunity presented itself.

"I would love to play here and I'm happy with doing what I'm doing now," Winn said. "I'd be happier if I get moved up…I'm just trying to take it day by day and do my job."

In Sunday's win over the Jets, the Lions were left with two running backs late in the game because of injuries to Joique Bell (head), Theo Riddick (hamstring) and Montell Owens (hamstring).

Owens was placed on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday, meaning Winn could get stay on the roster. The Lions also signed William Powell to the practice squad, in the position vacated by Winn.

Bell has a suspected concussion, though the Lions have not yet confirmed the injury. Bell was not available to the media after the game and was not in the locker room following practice Monday.

It's unclear whether any of the three injured backs will be available for Sunday's home game against the Bills, but Winn's apparent promotion could be insurance in case they aren't.

At 5-foot-11, 215 pounds, Winn is a strong running back who hit holes and punished defenders in practice and in training camp.

Winn, who attended U-D Jesuit for high school, shined with tough running in four preseason games. He totaled 33 carries for 104 yards and two touchdowns, including six runs for 39 yards against the Browns.

Last season, Winn played on the practice squads of the Raiders, Cowboys and Steelers.

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Josh Katzenstein contributed to this report.

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