The Colts confirmed Monday they have placed Ebron on injured reserve after Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the tight end needs surgery to fix ailments in both ankles. He recorded 31 receptions for 375 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games this season.
A Pro Bowler in 2018, Ebron struggled with nagging injuries and his own frustration with his role in the Colts offense. He said earlier this month he went into coach Frank Reich's office to discuss getting the ball more.
"I'll preach it," Ebron said, per Stephen Holder of The Athletic. "Put [me] in the game and good things happen. They know that. We've had our series of talks. This organization is really good when it comes to hearing their players and understanding their players and working with them. Hopefully, things change."
The tight end targets should now fall to Jack Doyle, who has essentially split them with Ebron this season. Doyle has recorded 30 receptions for 304 yards and three touchdowns but has topped 50 yards in a game just once.
Ebron will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2019 season, so it's possible he has played his last game in Indianapolis. He will likely be among the secondary options on the market, provided Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry reaches free agency.