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Eric Ebron could miss preseason opener for Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions went to great lengths this off-season to add weapons around the edges of an offense that clearly focuses on the dominance of top wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

In addition to signing Golden Tate as a free agent, the Lions drafted promising tight end Eric Ebron out of the University of North Carolina in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Training camp has been up and down for Ebron so far, however. He has struggled at time with the plays, claims to have already ‘hit his rookie wall,’ and was initially buried on the team’s depth chart.

To further that relatively slow start to his pro career, Ebron might be held out of the team’s opening preseason game against the Cleveland Browns this weekend, for actual reasons unknown.

From Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com:

The biggest news Wednesday was tight end Eric Ebron, the team’s first round draft pick, sitting out practice due to an undisclosed injury. Lions coach Jim Caldwell would not indicate whether Ebron will miss Saturday night’s preseason opener against the Cleveland Browns, but he did say Ebron will be out a day or two. That would not seem to bode well for the rookie’s status for Saturday.

After a couple false starts to his progress, if you’ll pardon the expression, it sounded like Ebron was finally starting to see things click. For the Lions’ sake, hopefully this is just a minor injury.

In the long run, the Lions seem to envision Ebron as a big part of an offense that will be even more dynamic than it was last year. What kind of role his training camp and preseason will play in that success remains to be seen.

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