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Allen Park — The injuries continue to mount for the Lions, who already have lost a few starters at key positions.

Coach Jim Caldwell announced Thursday afternoon that tight end Joseph Fauria suffered an off-the-field injury on Wednesday and will not practice today. His status for Sunday's matchup against the Jets is uncertain.

"He ended up getting a bit of an injury last night and will not practice today, so you won't see him out there," Caldwell said. "It's an ankle and he's being evaluated further in terms of MRIs and things of that nature.

"It was one of those innocent things around the house and ended up misstepping and twisting his ankle."

Fauria has 49 yards on three catches this season, one in each game.

If Fauria is unable to play, it will open up more opportunities for first-round pick Eric Ebron, who has three total catches in three games.

"The numbers have just changed in terms of the depth at that particular position," Caldwell said. "You can anticipate that (Ebron'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."

Linebacker Stephen Tulloch, offensive tackle Corey Hilliard and cornerbacks Bill Bentley and Nevin Lawson all have been lost to season-ending injuries.

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Detroit News sports writers discuss injured tight end Joseph Fauria and possible replacement Eric Ebron.

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