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Sport Eric Ebron, Colts at odds about surgery that ended his season

06:00  08 december  2019
06:00  08 december  2019 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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Odds . While he wasn’t drafted as one of the top options at the position in 2018, Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron graced fantasy football managers with an excellent season likely helping What keeps Ebron relevant is his red-zone work. Of his 13 receiving touchdowns during his first season

Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron had an incredible bounce-back season in 2018 leading his position in touchdown receptions, but it seems he did so without being fully healthy. Ebron , who was often on the injury report throughout the season

Eric Ebron’s season is over. The tight end opting for ankle surgery that forced him to injured reserve has assured that.

a football player holding a football ball on a field: Tight end Eric Ebron and the Indianapolis Colts are at odds regarding his season-ending surgery. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)© Provided by Yahoo! Sports Tight end Eric Ebron and the Indianapolis Colts are at odds regarding his season-ending surgery. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

How it got to this point is still relatively unclear.

Both the Colts and their top tight end have offered different stories on the nature and progression of Ebron’s injury. What remains known, however, is this: Jack Doyle is the tight end of the future in Indianapolis and the Colts are still in the playoff hunt. That much is obvious to both sides.

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CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed by the Colts as an unrestricted free agent on March 19, 2018. As a two-way player during his senior year, posted 28 receptions for 682 yards and 10 touchdowns as a tight end and 68 tackles and 13.5 sacks as a defensive end .

His recent absence was attributed to a lower leg injury rather than the groin issue that required offseason surgery . Fellow tight end Jack Doyle returned to practice Saturday after also missing the preseason opener. 12D ago • by RotoWire Staff. Colts ' Eric Ebron : Season -best outing in Week 7.

So how did it get to this point? Here’s what each camp is saying.

Colts thought Ebron was healthy enough to play

Back in training camp, Ebron’s ankle showed some signs of injury, but the Colts decided it was a mostly a non-issue. That’s consistent with how the team treated its tight end throughout the season. While Ebron’s numbers are down significantly this year (31 receptions, 375 yards and 3 touchdowns in 11 games after posting 66 catches, 750 yards and 12 touchdowns in 16 games in 2018), there was little reason to assume health was a factor.

Ebron had missed just one practice due to ankle injury all season and the Colts coaching staff had rarely addressed it.

The Athletic’s Zak Keefer notes that earlier this month Ebron had been arguing with his coaches for more targets and made no mention of any nagging injuries disrupting his play. Surprised by the development, Colts coach Frank Reich told the media that he was informed of a flare-up with Ebron’s ankle only two weeks ago.

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Ebron was added to the Colts ' injury report Thursday, which clouds his Week 9 status unless he makes a quick return to practice Friday. If Ebron is limited or out Sunday against the Steelers, Jack Doyle would be in line for added opportunities at the tight end position.

Before Colts tight end Eric Ebron can make a run at setting a new single- season record for touchdown catches by a tight end , he'll need to get back to full health. Colts General Manager Chris Ballard said Tuesday, via multiple reporters, that Ebron recently had groin surgery .

According to Keefer, the disclosure is noteworthy since the Colts would’ve rested Ebron more in recent weeks, as is the case with most of Indianapolis’ veteran players who are dealing with injuries. That would speak to how little the team knew about the pain Ebron was in.

“It didn’t limit him in training camp, it didn’t limit him in the season or in practice,” Reich told the media in late November. “Then, last week sometime, I don’t know if it flared up at practice or if it was the result of a previous game, but that was the first time that it had flared up to the point where it affected him as far as practice.”

Shortly after the Colts’ Week 12 loss to the Houston Texans, the tight end approached his coach, general manager and team doctors about shutting himself down for the year.

On November 25, the team announced the 26-year-old, an impending free agent, would undergo season-ending surgery. Ten days later, Indianapolis signed tight end Jack Doyle to a three-year extension, possibly ending Ebron’s time with the Colts.

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Colts ' Eric Ebron : Season -best outing in Week 7. by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire. Ebron showed off his downfield chops with a 30-yard reception, his longest on the young season . The 26-year-old tight end has logged a relatively modest 11 targets through three games, and he's only been able to flash

Ebron says ankle pain was ‘unbearable’

The same day the Colts were announcing the end of Ebron’s season, the tight end began offering his own side of the story in a lengthy Twitter post.

Ebron called the pain “unbearable”, and was going to have to focus on his health because he could no longer give his team a boost. Here’s where things get a bit more gray.

Following the surgery, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted Saturday that the Colts had known about Ebron’s pain all year. According to Rapoport, not only should Reich not have been surprised by the severity, but the team had been administering shots of Toradol to Ebron before games.

The tweet referenced Keefer’s story which instantly prompted a response from Stephen Holder, who’s covered the Colts with Keefer for years, first with IndyStar and now with The Athletic.

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Though his health seemingly isn't a concern, Ebron 's fantasy utility has taken a major hit following his breakout 2018 with fellow tight ends Jack Doyle and Mo-Alie Cox continuing to hold meaningful roles in coach Frank Reich's 9D ago • by RotoWire Staff. Colts ' Eric Ebron : Needs season - ending surgery .

Which brings us back to what we do know for certain. Ebron was having a down year and required season-ending surgery on his ankle. The Colts, usually exceedingly careful with rushing veteran players back from injury (see: Luck, Andrew), only had him miss practice once due to an ankle injury. All the while, the team is still forging ahead with a late bid to sneak into the playoffs.

There’s a lot that’s unknown here and maybe that’s the way it stays. As teams continue to harbor status reports on their players as if they are state secrets, disputed communications like this will certainly happen again across the league.

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