August 6, 2014 at 1:00 am

Lions rookie Eric Ebron misses practice with minor injury

Detroit — Eric Ebron, the Lions’ first-round pick, missed practice Wednesday night at Ford Field with what coach Jim Caldwell said was a minor injury.

“He had an injury that will keep him out for a couple days, and we’ll see how he does,” Caldwell said of the rookie tight end.

After the practice, a team spokesman escorted Ebron off the field, saying he had a commitment and could not answer questions.

The Lions play their first exhibition game Saturday against the Cleveland Browns, but Caldwell would not commit to whether or not Ebron will be available.

“We’ll see,” Caldwell said. “It’s day to day, so we’ll see how he goes.”

The exhibition games will be the best opportunity for Ebron to show his command of the offense. Tight end is a complex position, and all of the requirements played a role in his early drops in training camp. He’s been catching the ball much better in recent practices and has shown the ability to create big plays.

Linebacker Cory Greenwood was excused from practice Wednesday.

Offensive lineman Darren Keyton suffered an injury during practice and had his right elbow taped when he left the field.

“I don’t have any idea at this point,” Caldwell said of the severity of Keyton’s injury.

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Lions rookie tight end Eric Ebron sat out Wednesday night's practice because of what the team called a minor injury. / Daniel Mears / Detroit News