For the past three weeks, Eric Ebron has watched from the sidelines. The Detroit Lions tight end hasn't practiced. He hasn't played in games. He has been doing some mentoring of younger tight ends, and that's about it.
All the while, he has had one thing in his head as he has watched the Lions play without him.
"I need to get my ass out there on that field," Ebron said Monday in his first comments since suffering an ankle injury Aug. 6. "'Cause I'm not a huge person that's [into] watching. I like action. I like to be in action. It just sucks being on the sideline, man. It's not my lifestyle. I wasn't born for this. I wasn't bred to do this but I got to right now."
Ebron said he and the Lions are taking things slowly as he recovers. That includes likely not playing in the preseason finale Thursday against the Buffalo Bills. He also deflected questions about whether he'll be a go Week 1. Brandon Pettigrew is still on the physically unable to perform list recovering from an ACL injury. Timothy Wright is on injured reserve with an ACL injury.