Head coach Jim Schwartz did not comment specifically on either injury after practice Saturday, but did say that neither injury was considered "long term."
Owens injured his knee on a non-contact play Thursday vs. the Patriots that looked worse than it actually turned out to be.
Good sign for Lions that Montell Owens was walking in the locker room (he was holding his crutches) and didn't have much of a limp.— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) August 24, 2013
He did not practice Saturday, but was spotted walking without crutches and with just a minor limp in the locker room afterwards.
Owens, who made the Pro Bowl in 2010 and 2011 as a cover specialist, was signed this offseason to help stabilize those units for the Lions in 2013. Before the injury, he made a terrific play on kickoff coverage that pinned the Patriots inside their 20-yard line.
The fact that his knee injury isn't considered to be major is a big plus, not only for special teams, but for the offense, too.
Owens isn't just a special teams contributor for the Lions. He showed last year with the Jaguars that he could carry the load at running back if he had to. He's been playing in some two-back sets with the Lions in the preseason as a tailback/fullback combo player.
Williams sat out of practice, and had a cast over his right hand, after injuring it in the first half vs. the Patriots.
Schwartz did not give a timetable for Williams' return, which could make for an interesting decision come roster-cut time.
Williams, who won three national championships with Alabama, is a terrific blocker and a great candidate to be that No. 3 tight end and play that extra blocker role -- the role
"We said from the very beginning of training camp that he's a little bit sneaky when it comes to blocking," Schwartz said Saturday when asked of the perceived weakness in Fauria's game. "He's a lot stronger than he looks. I think he's done a nice job there.
"He caught a touchdown. You could sort of see that on the field. When Scott (Linehan) made that call all eyes in the coaching box and sideline went to the tight end because we knew what would happen if they played it a certain way and it was good to see him, it's hard to say break out, but make the same kind of plays he's been making in practice."
It'll be interesting to see how Williams' injury, the timetable for his return and Fauria's emergence will effect the Lions decision at the roster cuts when it comes to the tight end position.
The Lions have to trim their roster from 84 to 75 by 4 p.m. Tuesday and need to have the final 53-man roster determined by 6 p.m. August 31.