Zenner rushed 14 times for 26 yards and one touchdown over eight games during the 2017 season. After losing his grip on the short-yardage role in training camp to Dwayne Washington, Zenner re-entered the fold in Week 3 once Washington was lost to a thigh injury. However, even as injuries piled up in the Detroit backfield, Zenner was never given more than three carries in any one game throughout the entire year and ended the season as a healthy scratch in each of the final three outings. His future is now up in the air, as Zenner is set to be a restricted free agent and is no guarantee to be retained as a member of the Lions.
Zenner (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 17 tilt against the Packers. Zenner will thus finish off the 2017 campaign last having seen action in Week 14. The short-yardage specialist carried just 14 times overall in what was his third NFL season, while failing to record a single reception for the first time in his career. With the Lions' coaching regime potentially on the move following a disappointing season, Zenner's future remains cloudy for the moment.
Zenner (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 16 tilt against the Bengals. The third-year back will thus be a healthy scratch for the second consecutive week, as Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick and Tion Green will once again helm the Lions backfield. Zenner has seen action in only eight games this season and primarily has been limited to short-yardage and goal-line work, as evidenced by his scant 14 carries for 26 yards and one touchdown on the campaign.
Zenner carried twice for zero yards during Sunday's 24-21 victory over the Buccaneers. Ameer Abdullah (neck) remained sidelined a second consecutive week, but Zenner remained quiet. Theo Riddick paced the team with 10 carries while Tion Green received five. No tailback on the Lions was particularly effective, however. Regardless, there's zero indication that Zenner will see an increased workload going forward regardless of Abdullah's availability.
Zenner rushed one time for four yards during Sunday's 44-20 loss to the Ravens. If there was ever going to be an instance when Zenner might take on a significant workload, Sunday was it, since both Ameer Abdullah (neck) and Dwayne Washington (coach's decision) were out of the lineup. However, undrafted rookie Tion Green ended up pacing the team with 11 carries while Theo Riddick received nine. As such, it's clear the Lions don't view Zenner as anything more than a situational role player who can help out on special teams.
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