The Detroit Lions welcomed their top tight end back on Monday.
Eric Ebron was a full participant during practice Monday for the Lions.
Ebron missed nearly a month after suffering an ankle injury on Aug. 6 during a team scrimmage. Detroit’s No. 1 tight end’s return fuels the notion that he will be available when the team travels to Indianapolis for their Week 1 opener.
The third-year tight end warmed up prior to the Lions’ final preseason game but did not play in the contest.
Ebron’s status in Detroit’s lineup is vital after the Lions placed tight end Brandon Pettigrew (ACL) on the PUP list last week. Lions rookie Cole Wick was getting first-team reps with both tight ends out. Detroit does not want to start the Incarnate Word product Week 1.
Lions coach Jim Caldwell didn’t address Ebron’s status for the opener on Monday.
Ebron had a solid year last season after a mediocre rookie campaign. The tight end hauled in 47 passes for 537 yards and had five touchdowns. He should have a bigger role in the Lions’ offense with Calvin Johnson retired.
The Lions will go into 2016 with Golden Tate, Marvin Jones, Anquan Boldin, Ameer Abdullah and Ebron as Matthew Stafford’s best offensive options.
Detroit’s first-team offense only scored nine points during the preseason. The Lions are hoping that their revamped offense has better success during the regular season.