Eric Ebron Injury: Updates on Lions Star's Ankle and Return

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured Columnist

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 27:  Eric Ebron #85 of the Detroit Lions runs with the football during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Ford Field on December 27, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the 49ers 32-17.  (Photo by Mark Cunningham/Detroit Lions/Getty Images)
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Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron was carted off the field after suffering an ankle injury during practice on Aug. 6. However, he is ready to return.

Continue for updates.

Ebron Active vs. Colts

Sunday, Sept. 11

The Lions announced Ebron is not among the team's inactives against Indianapolis. On Saturday, the Lions announced Ebron was questionable for the matchup.

Latest on Ebron's Practice Status

Friday, Sept. 9

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reported Ebron was a full participant in Friday's practice. 

Latest on Ebron's Diagnosis

Monday, Aug. 8

Birkett reported Ebron suffered an injury to his ankle, not his Achilles as was originally feared. Caplan (h/t Michael Rothstein of ESPN) spoke to a source who categorized it as a "pretty decent" sprain.

Ebron Comments on Injury 

Saturday, Aug. 6

Eric Ebron @Ebron85

The Fans Were Great Today!! We Appreciate You Guys. P.S. God Got Me. 🙏🏾. You Only Saw A Smidgen Of What Me And Staff Going To Do 😎 ✌🏾️

Ebron Hoping to Build on Strong 2015 Campaign

Ebron's role has expanded since the Lions selected him with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Though he was utilized somewhat sparingly as a rookie, Ebron seemingly began to break out of his shell last season with 47 receptions for 537 yards and five touchdowns. Many expected a big leap from him in 2016, the first season after Calvin Johnson's retirement.

Detroit signed a pair of wide receivers in Marvin Jones and Anquan Boldin this offseason, but Ebron brings another dimension to the table with his speed, athleticism and ability to stretch the field.

If Ebron misses time during the course of the season, veteran Brandon Pettigrew would likely see the bulk of the action at tight end. Pettigrew is on the physically unable to perform list, though, which leaves Matthew Mulligan and Adam Fuehne as the Lions' top two active tight ends.

Detroit can count on the wideout triumvirate of Golden Tate, Jones and Boldin, and a pair of strong pass-catching running backs in Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah could see increased action in the passing game, too.


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