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Eric Ebron: Lions TE carted off field after lower-leg injury

Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron was expected to break out in a major way this year, but he may not get the chance after being carted off the field during Saturday’s practice.

Eric Ebron carted off the field at Lions practice after grabbing the back of his lower right leg

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Ebron started to show his potential last year as a sophomore, catching 47 passes for 537 yards and five touchdowns.

An athletic tight end with breakaway speed, he was slated to be one of the guys to help the Lions make up for the absence of Calvin Johnson, who retired after the 2015 campaign.

To this point, he has yet to live up to the No. 10 overall draft spot in which he was selected by the Lions. He was highly thought-of by NFL scouts coming out of North Carolina in 2014.

Losing Ebron for an extended period of time would be difficult for the Lions to overcome. In addition to the fact he was going to be a big factor in the passing game, Detroit was already paper thin at the tight end position before his injury.

Hopefully this injury looked worse than it actually is. What it looked like, according to some who observed it, was a potential Achilles injury, which could mean he’s lost for the season.