The Lions placed Roberts (shoulder) on injured reserve Tuesday. No news came out that Roberts got hurt in Sunday's 17-3 win over the Cardinals, but the lingering shoulder issue might have explained why he played only nine snaps, his fewest since Week 2. Before suiting up Sunday, Roberts' shoulder injury had prevented him from playing in two of the Lions' last three games. He'll now get an early start on the offseason and will aim to get his health in order ahead of the 2019 campaign, during which he could take on a more prominent role in Detroit's passing attack.
Roberts was targeted twice but did not record a reception during Sunday's 17-3 victory over Arizona. Both Roberts and Luke Willson took a backseat to Levine Toilolo, who logged 80 percent of the offensive snaps and was the only tight end on the team to catch a pass. Roberts has now logged just five receptions for 37 yards over his last five games since busting out against Miami for 48 yards and two scores in Week 7.
Roberts (shoulder) is listed as active Sunday at Arizona, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports. Since injuring his shoulder Week 10, Roberts has missed two of three games. In his sole appearance Week 12 against the Bears, he split tight end reps with Levine Toilolo and Luke Willson, catching three of his six targets for 16 yards. With the trio healthy, it'll be difficult for one of them to emerge from the pack.
Roberts (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Roberts sandwiched limited practices Wednesday and Friday around a full session Thursday, with his involvement throughout the week likely pointing to him suiting up Sunday. Though Luke Willson sits atop the depth chart at tight end, Roberts has been active in the passing game as a reserve, drawing 17 targets over his last five appearances.
Roberts (shoulder) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. Roberts sat out last week's loss to the Rams due to the lingering shoulder injury but appears to be nearing a return to full health. The second-year player should suit up Sunday against the Cardinals, serving in a backup capacity behind starting tight end Luke Willson.
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