Lions put Montell Owens on short-term injured reserve, bring back Rocky McIntosh

AP

Linebacker Rocky McIntosh was one of the players who made his team’s initial 53-man roster only to get axed the next day to make room for a waiver claim, but McIntosh wasn’t out of work for long.

He also didn’t have to go far to find work. McIntosh re-signed with the Lions on Wednesday after the team placed running back Montell Owens on injured reserve with the designation to return. Owens will miss at least six weeks of practice and eight weeks of games before he can be activated.

Owens injured his knee in the team’s third preseason game and his loss will be a blow to Detroit’s special teams. Owens made two Pro Bowls as a special teamer while with Jacksonville, who released him in May.

McIntosh signed with the Lions in the middle of August and gives them experienced depth for both the defense and special teams. McIntosh had 44 tackles and a sack for the Rams in 2012, who he joined after six years with the Redskins.