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Jacksonville, Fla. — Although he was active, Lions tight end Eric Ebron was among the starters who did not appear in Friday’s 22-17 exhibition victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field.

Ebron missed practice early in the week with an undisclosed injury, but returned Tuesday and Wednesday, leaving open the possibility that he could play in Friday’s contest. Instead, the Lions exercised caution with their second-year tight end.

“He’s OK,” Caldwell said. “He’s got a little nagging thing that he had, but he’ll be all right.”

Thus far in the exhibition season, Ebron has caught both of his targets with a 13-yard reception in each of the first two games.

With Ebron out, Brandon Pettigrew and Joseph Fauria played significantly in the first half. Fullback Emil Igwenagu also got some extended run.

Pettigrew had an impressive 20-yard catch in which he adjusted for a low throw and maintained his feet to gain a few yards after the catch. Fauria had a 9-yard catch, and Igwenagu had an 8-yarder.

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