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Allen Park -- Lions tight end Joseph Fauria played just four of the 56 offensive snaps Sunday in his first game since Week 3. On Monday, he said his ankle wasn't a factor in his limited role.

"I'm out there, I'm suited up and I'm ready to play," he said. "I'm just ready when my name is called, and if it's not, that's up to the higher-ups."

Fauria rejected the notion that he would've played more had the Lions reached the red zone more than once, but he actually didn't play any of the team's three snaps in the red zone. In the first three games of the season, Fauria averaged 26.3 snaps per game.

"At the beginning of the year, I was playing plenty outside the red zone," he said. "I don't think my talent should be pigeon-holed. If I didn't play, I didn't play, but I'm ready to play whenever my name is called."

Against the Cardinals, rookie Eric Ebron led the tight ends with 33 snaps, and Kellen Davis played 25, filling the blocker role.

The 6-foot-7 Fauria has just three catches for 49 yards this year after having 18 catches for 207 yards and seven touchdowns as a rookie.

"My injury put a little speed bump in my season," he said. "But now that I am healthy and suiting up, I can get out there with my team (and) I'll be ready when my name is called."

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