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Lions’ Ebron and Tate in, Zenner out for game vs. Colts

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Golden Tate

Indianapolis – Tight end Eric Ebron is active for the Detroit Lions’ season opener against the Indianapolis Colts. So is wide receiver Golden Tate, who was questionable with an ankle injury. Tyrunn Walker, a late-week addition to the injury report with a calf injury, is also good to go for the contest.

Ebron missed the entire preseason after suffering an ankle injury in early August. His return, along with Tate’s status, gives quarterback Matthew Stafford his full assortment of weapons in the passing game.

Among the inactives, running back Zach Zenner is the biggest surprise. That means rookie Dwayne Washington will have a role right out the gate for the Lions.

Washington was a preseason standout, both on offense and special teams. He had a 58-yard touchdown run in the exhibition finale and a 96-yard kickoff return in the opener against the Steelers.

Also out for the Lions are linebacker Thurston Armbrister, guard Joe Dahl, defensive end Anthony Zettel, offensive tackle Cornelius Lucas, tight end Orson Charles and defensive tackle Stefan Charles.

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The inactivation of Dahl and Lucas means rookie Graham Glasgow and second-year man Corey Robinson will serve as the primary backups along the offensive line for the opener. Both players were nursing injuries at the end of the preseason, missing the exhibition finale, but were full participants during the week of practice leading up to regular season opener.

For the Colts, the team will be without starting cornerback Darius Butler. Top backup Darius Butler will also miss the contest. Starting guard Jack Mewhort (knee) and defensive end Kendall Langford are both active. It will be the 129th consecutive game for Langford.