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Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron may have avoided a major injury, attending practice Monday but not participating after injuring his right ankle Saturday during the team’s mock game.
Ebron, who had to be carted off the field after suffering the injury, walked with a slight limp but was not wearing a boot on Monday. The NFL Network initially reported that Ebron hurt his Achilles.
Ebron went to the tight ends group and watched the offense go through drills after he briefly talked to coach Jim Caldwell. The Lions have not given an update on Ebron’s status.
Although Ebron has underachieved in his first two seasons with the Lions, the No. 10 overall draft pick in 2014 remains the team’s No. 1 tight end.
The Lions are expecting Ebron to become an integral part of the offense, particularly following the offseason retirement of perennial Pro Bowl wide receiver Calvin Johnson.
Ebron, 23, appeared in 14 games last season, hauling in 47 receptions for 537 yards and five touchdowns. The former North Carolina product had a rather nondescript rookie campaign with only 25 catches for 248 yards and one TD in 13 games.
Meanwhile, the Lions waived wide receiver Damian Copeland and signed undrafted rookie free agent wide receiver Alex Chisum.
Chisum joins the Lions following a four-year career at Cincinnati (2011-12, 2014-15) where he missed only the 2013 season as a medical redshirt. In 51 games for the Bearcats, he had 88 receptions for 1,159 yards and five touchdowns.
Copeland originally signed with the Lions earlier this offseason after spending two seasons on injured reserve with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He signed with the Jaguars in 2014 as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Louisville, where he caught 52 passes for 690 yards and five touchdowns as a senior.