We take our best shot at projecting the Detroit Lions’ starters for Week 1 vs. the Arizona Cardinals. Video by Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press
Eric Ebron’s quest to play a full 16-game season for the first time in his NFL career is off to a rough start.
Ebron left the first practice of training camp Sunday with what Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell said appeared to be a hamstring injury.
Ebron did not take part in any team drills, leaving Darren Fells and Cole Wick to take reps with the first-team offense.
In three NFL seasons, Ebron has missed eight games with various knee and ankle ailments.
He missed most of the preseason last year because of a severe ankle sprain he suffered in the team’s mock game at Ford Field, then missed three October games with knee and ankle injuries.
Caldwell said he wasn’t sure the extent of Ebron’s injury, but he did not sound any alarms about it being a possible long-term ailment.
“He got a little bit of a tweak but we’ll see, see how bad it is,” Caldwell said.
Still, given Ebron’s injury history and the extent of the pain he played through last year, the Lions can’t afford to have their No. 1 tight end dealing with injuries this fall.
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