Joseph Fauria hurt his ankle Wednesday night away from the Detroit Lions' facility. Calvin Johnson has yet to practice this week, dealing with his own ankle issue.
Although it is unclear whether they'll play on Sunday against the New York Jets, that two of the Lions' biggest physical targets are ailing could mean the team will be looking to their rookie tight end, Eric Ebron, to make plays for the first time.
"The numbers have just changed for him in terms of the depth at that particular position," Lions coach Jim Caldwell said. "You can anticipate that he's probably going to see a bit more, because he's going to take on Joe's role as well in terms of the particular personnel groupings that we'll use."
With Fauria likely out, Ebron's snaps could double, which means he could produce surprising numbers. He's not a bad desperation play at tight end.