The Detroit Lions' season went from bad to worse on Monday evening when a botched call from officials cost them a shot at their first win of the 2015 NFL season.
Bad to worse
And now it looks like the 0-4 team will have to go on searching for that elusive W without a player who has had a growing presence in the team this season.
Second-year tight end Eric Ebron left Monday night's game against the Seattle Seahawks with a knee injury, and the young star is now facing up to three weeks on the sidelines.
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According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Ebron has been told the three-week timeframe is likely after bruising on his knee was discovered in the aftermath of the Lions' week four contest.
After an MRI scan earlier this week revealed there would be no need for the tight end to undergo surgery on the issue, there had been hope that Ebron could suit up for Detroit's week five matchup against the Cardinals. Anderson's report all but rules out that possibility.
The entire Detroit Lions offense has been a non-starter so far this year, but Ebron has been one of the few bright spots in 2015.
In the space of four games, the 22-year-old has already scored more touchdowns than he did in his entire rookie season, and has 179 yards to his name so far this year.
If he is out for the next three weeks, the Lions will have to change their plans for crucial games against the Cardinals, Bears and Vikings.
Former Patriots TE Tim Wright took extra snaps in Ebron's absence on Monday, and will likely continue to do so moving forward.
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