Eric Ebron

Pittsburgh Steelers
Tight End #85
Pittsburgh Steelers
Tight End #85
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Moved to IR

Ebron (knee) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Brooke Pryor of reports.

Analysis: Reports at the beginning of the week suggested Ebron would miss multiple games and might need surgery. He's now ineligible for Weeks 12-14, and could be out even beyond that. Rookie Pat Freiermuth gets more playing time with Ebron sidelined, while Zach Gentry bumps up to No. 2 on the depth chart.

Nov 27, 2021 12:55 PM EST

Out for Week 12

Ebron (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in Cincinnati, Brooke Pryor of reports.

Analysis: Ebron emerged from the Steelers' Week 11 road loss to the Chargers with a knee injury that may require surgery. In the end, it kept him off the practice field Wednesday through Friday and sideline him for at least one contest. With Ebron out of commission, Pat Freiermuth will serve as Pittsburgh's top tight end for the time being, while Zach Gentry and Kevin Rader are available for any snaps that linger.

Nov 26, 2021 11:13 AM EST

Not practicing, as expected

Ebron (knee) didn't practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Ebron is expected to miss multiple games after injuring his knee in Sunday's loss to the Chargers. Surgery reportedly is on the table, which might bring the veteran's season to an early end and lock in rookie Pat Freiermuth for a heavy-usage role at TE.

Nov 24, 2021 1:23 PM EST

Likely headed for extended absence

Ebron is expected to miss extended time and could require surgery to address the knee injury he sustained in the Steelers' Week 11 loss to the Chargers, Jeremy Fowler of reports.

Analysis: Though head coach Mike Tomlin characterized Ebron as questionable for the Steelers' upcoming game Sunday against the Bengals, Tomlin noted that the team wouldn't have a better sense of the tight end's status until after he underwent further evaluation. Ebron was seemingly sent in for additional testing Tuesday, and the initial diagnosis he received apparently wasn't encouraging. According to Fowler, Ebron is set to get a second opinion on his knee, but a procedure of some sort is considered the most likely outcome at this juncture. The Steelers signed another tight end (Kevin Rader) to the 53-man roster Tuesday, signaling that Ebron isn't expected to be ready to go for at least Sunday's game.

Nov 23, 2021 12:01 PM EST

Iffy for Week 12

Head coach Mike Tomlin labeled Ebron (knee) as questionable as the Steelers begin preparations for Sunday's game against the Bengals, Missi Matthews of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: Ebron was sidelined for Weeks 8 and 9 with a hamstring injury, but the veteran tight end is now dealing with a new concern after hurting his knee over the weekend in the Steelers' 41-37 loss to the Chargers. Pittsburgh will presumably wait and see what Ebron is able to do in practices Wednesday through Friday before reassessing his odds of playing this weekend, but if Ebron is forced to miss his third game of the season, Zach Gentry would be the next man up for reps behind top tight end Pat Freiermuth.

Nov 23, 2021 9:35 AM EST

Hurts knee against Chargers

Ebron suffered a knee injury in Sunday's game against the Chargers and was unable to come back into the game, Brooke Pryor of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Ebron had three catches for 24 yards, including a five-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter prior to getting hurt. Despite finding the end zone here, Ebron's a distant second behind Pat Freiermuth -- who also scored a touchdown while racking up seven targets -- in Pittsburgh's pecking order at tight end. Ebron's practice participation, or lack there of, during the week should help clarify his chances of suiting up in Week 12 against the Bengals.

Nov 21, 2021 8:56 PM EST

Full participant Thursday

Ebron (hamstring) fully participated in Thursday's practice session, Dale Lolley of reports.

Analysis: Ebron was listed as a limited participant for Wednesday's walkthrough, but he didn't have any limitations Thursday. Although he missed the last two games due to a hamstring injury, it appears as though he'll be back in action Sunday against Detroit.

Nov 11, 2021 12:27 PM EST

Estimated as limited participant

Ebron (hamstring) was listed as a limited participant for Wednesday's walkthrough.

Analysis: Ebron has missed the past two games due to a hamstring injury, but he may be able to retake the field for Week 10. The 28-year-old might need to progress to full practice participation Thursday or Friday in order to avoid an injury designation for this weekend.

Nov 10, 2021 2:25 PM EST

Expected back Week 10

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said he expects Ebron (hamstring) to return to action Sunday against the Lions, Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Analysis: Ebron was sidelined for a second straight game in Monday's 29-27 win over the Bears while he managed a hamstring injury. Though Tomlin told Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site that Ebron looked good during limited showings in practices Friday and Saturday, Pittsburgh ultimately erred on the side of caution by holding him out Monday. Though Ebron should be on track to play this weekend if his hamstring responds well to additional practice activity, he could find himself in a smaller role than he held prior to suffering the injury. Rookie Pat Freiermuth has emerged as one of Ben Roethlisberger's favorite targets in the absence of Ebron the past two weeks, producing nine receptions for 87 yards and three receptions between those contests.

Nov 9, 2021 9:24 AM EST

Out ahead of prime-time game

Ebron (hamstring) will not play Monday against the Bears, Brooke Pryor of reports.

Analysis: Ebron seemingly was trending in the right direction, but ultimately was unable to practice Saturday. As a result, the veteran will miss his second straight game while emerging rookie second-round pick, Pat Freiermuth, will be slated to once again have a significant role in the offense.

Nov 6, 2021 12:11 PM EST

Practices in limited fashion

Ebron (hamstring) was limited in practice Friday, Brooke Pryor of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Ebron's limited participation is a step in the right direction after he missed both Thursday's practice and last week's win over the Browns. Pittsburgh doesn't play until Monday, so the Steelers won't give Ebron an official injury designation until Saturday. Even if he suits up against the Bears on Monday, Ebron would likely work in a backup role behind ascending rookie Pat Freiermuth.

Nov 5, 2021 12:54 PM EST

Doesn't practice Thursday

Ebron (hamstring) didn't participate in practice Thursday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: Ebron was unavailable for Sunday's game against the Browns due to a hamstring injury, and he was held out for the team's first practice ahead of Week 9. If he's unable to return for Monday's game against the Bears, Zach Gentry should see an uptick in playing time once again.

Nov 4, 2021 1:06 PM EST

Unavailable Sunday

Ebron (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Browns, Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Analysis: Ebron was added to the injury report as a limited participant with the hamstring issue Thursday, and he was unable to practice Friday. Pat Freiermuth should have an increased role in the passing game while Zach Gentry works as Pittsburgh's No. 2 tight end in his absence.

Oct 29, 2021 11:40 AM EST

Limited participant Thursday

Ebron was a limited participant at Thursday's practice due to a hamstring injury, Brooke Pryor of reports.

Analysis: Ebron fully participated in Wednesday's practice but apparently sustained a hamstring injury Thursday. If he's unable to suit up Sunday against the Browns, Pat Freiermuth should handle an increased target share, while Zach Gentry will likely see additional playing time.

Oct 28, 2021 1:01 PM EST

Finds end zone in win

Ebron hauled in both of his targets for 10 yards while rushing once for one yard and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-20 win over the Seahawks.

Analysis: Ebron continued to have a relatively low target share in Sunday's Week 6 matchup, but he reached the end zone for the first time this season on a one-yard rush late in the first half. The 28-year-old hasn't been targeted more than twice in any of his first six appearances of the season, and he had less work than rookie Pat Freiermuth against Seattle.

Oct 18, 2021 7:28 AM EST

Limited production against Broncos

Ebron secured both of his targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 27-19 win over the Broncos.

Analysis: Ebron has now had two receptions in each of the last two games, but he still hasn't topped 20 yards in any of his first five appearances of the 2021 campaign. The 28-year-old has hauled in five of his 11 targets for 37 yards to begin the year while splitting work with Pat Freiermuth and Zach Gentry.

Oct 10, 2021 9:31 PM EST

Logs two receptions in Week 4

Ebron hauled in both of his targets for eight yards in Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Packers.

Analysis: Ebron was held without a catch in each of the last two games, and he saw minimal production in Week 4 as the Steelers' passing game sputtered against Green Bay. The 2014 first-rounder has been targeted nine times across the first four weeks of the year and has just three receptions for 27 yards.

Oct 3, 2021 9:36 PM EST

No catches against Bengals

Ebron was unable to bring in any of his three targets in Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Bengals.

Analysis: Although Ebron played more snaps than fellow tight end Pat Freiermuth in Sunday's Week 3 matchup, he was held without a catch for a second straight week. The 28-year-old averaged 38.8 receiving yards per game last year but has been limited to just one catch for 19 yards across the first three weeks of the 2021 campaign.

Sep 27, 2021 11:09 AM EST

Draws two targets Sunday

Ebron failed to haul in either of his two targets in Sunday's 26-17 loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: Ebron dealt with a hamstring injury during practice ahead of Sunday's Week 2 matchup, but he wasn't on the injury report. Rookie Pat Freiermuth drew the start at tight end and hauled in all four of his targets, while Ebron has been targeted twice in each of the first two weeks of the 2021 campaign.

Sep 19, 2021 7:19 PM EST

Cleared for Week 2

Ebron (hamstring) was a full participant in Friday's practice and doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Raiders, Brooke Pryor of reports.

Analysis: Ebron popped up on the injury report after missing practice Thursday, but he logged a full practice Friday to shed the injury label. The veteran tight end is working in a timeshare with Pat Freiermuth, and the Steelers' offense has a lot of mouths to feed in the passing game, limited both players' upside.

Sep 17, 2021 1:03 PM EST

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