Ebron (quadriceps/hand) is listed as probable for Thursday's game versus the Eagles, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports. With back-to-back full practices under his belt, Ebron will attempt to bounce back from Sunday's catch-less outing against a Philadelphia defense that has held tight ends in check this season, yielding 8.9 YPC and only two touchdowns to date.
Ebron (quad) was a full participant at Tuesday's practice, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. Ebron was listed as limited on Monday's injury report, but the Lions didn't actually hold a practice. The real issue is his poor play, with last year's No. 10 overall draft pick already looking like a bust. He did have a few nice statistical showings earlier in the season, but his hands, route-running and blocking are all still problematic. On the bright side, Ebron is still only 22 years old, and he's unlikely to be demoted on a team that is already out of the playoff hunt.
Ebron was targeted twice, but failed to record a catch in Sunday's win over the Raiders. Ebron returned from injury in Week 7 and delivered a five-catch, 89-yard performance with a touchdown. In the three games since, he has combined for just seven catches for 52 yards without a score. Sunday was a new low for Ebron, as he was held catchless for the first time this season and fourth time in his career. Entering this season, Ebron was thought to be the third part in a receiving trifecta with Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. The season started off that way, but Lance Moore and Theo Riddick have stepped up and taken away many of those targets. He should remain out of starting lineups until further notice.
Ebron caught four passes off of eight targets for 28 yards in Sunday's loss to the Packers. In the Lions' first two games under new offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, Ebron has been limited to a combined seven catches and 52 yards. Ebron started the season off hot, scoring touchdowns in the first two games, and came back from injury with a 89-yard performance in Week 7. For the most part, however, Ebron has alternated between solid and mediocre performances. He is a good option at No. 2 tight end, but is not a reliable week-to-week starter.
Ebron caught three passes off of five targets for 24 yards in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. Ebron has been targeted at least five times in all five of the games he has completed this season. Sunday's 24 yards were his lowest total in any of the five games. More concerning for fantasy owners, after snagging a touchdown in each of the Lions' first two games, he has had just one score since. Ebron's abilities as a red-zone threat make him an intriguing tight end to hold onto, but owners should understand that his potential boom comes with bust potential week to week.
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