Snap observations: Ebron, Levy shoulder big loads vs. Colts
Indianapolis — Everyone knew linebacker DeAndre Levy was going to play against the Indianapolis Colts, and nearly everyone expected expected tight end Eric Ebron to suit up, but it was unclear how much playing time the two Detroit Lions starters would see in the contest.
The answer: A lot.
Levy, playing in his first regular season game since Oct. 11, 2015, returned to his role of an every-down linebacker, playing all 70 snaps in the 39-35 win over the Colts. As for Ebron, who missed the entire preseason with an ankle injury, he also barely left the field, working 60 of the offense's 65 plays.
Here are some additional observations from Sunday's snap count report:
• As expected, the Lions spent most of the day in three-wide sets, with Anquan Boldin, Golden Tate and Marvin Jones each working at least 83 percent of the plays. The team's decision to keep just four receivers on the roster was somewhat controversial, but the Lions barely even utilized veteran Andre Roberts on offense. He took just two snaps with the unit, to go along with 10 snaps on special teams as the return man.
• Partially influenced by Theo Riddick needing to be checked for a concussion in the second half, Ameer Abdullah led the running back rotation by a significant margin, playing 40 snaps to Riddick's 24. Rookie Dwayne Washington worked just two reps, a pair of goal line carries in the first half.
• Washington wasn't the only Detroit player making their professional debut. Taylor Decker, started at left tackle and played all 70 snaps. Second-round draft pick A'Shawn Robinson rotated in at defensive tackle for 23 plays. Linebacker Antwione Williams, safety Miles Killebrew, tight end Cole Wick, cornerback Adairius Barnes and offensive tackle Corey Robinson also saw their first NFL action.
• Kerry Hyder recorded the Lions' only two sacks. He also had two more quarterback hits and another tackle. Not bad for just 22 snaps of work. Brandon Copeland, the fifth defensive end active for the contest, worked just seven plays.
• As coach Jim Caldwell and defensive coordinator Teryl Austin suggested, there was some mixing and matching at the safety spot. Starter Tavon Wilson played the most, seeing the field for 45 of the 70 plays, with Rafael Bush getting into the game for 27 plays.
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