Snap observations: Ebron, Riddick show no rust
Houston — Despite both missing multiple games due to injuries, the Detroit Lions wasted little time integrating running back Theo Riddick and tight end Eric Ebron back into the lineup, altering the playing time landscapes at their positions.
Riddick dominated the backfield rotation in his return, playing 52 of Detroit's 61 offensive snaps. Zach Zenner, who had started the past two games, picked up Riddick's scraps, working the other nine plays. Justin Forsett was active, but didn't see the field.
Ebron resumed his role as the workhorse in the tight end group, working 80 percent of the offensive plays. Khari Lee, the best blocker in the group, was the Lions' second option. He received 17 snaps, while the versatile Clay Harbor, who held down the fort while Ebron was out, played just one.
Here are some additional observations from the snap count report:
• Riley Reiff missed two practices with an illness last week and it knocked him out of the lineup for 12 snaps against the Texans. It's only the third time in the past two seasons he's had to leave the field.
• Undrafted rookie cornerback Adairius Barnes got his first defensive action of the season, rotating in for starter Johnson Bademosi for 12 plays over two series.
• Josh Bynes wasted little time in his return to action. Signed last week after missing more than two months with a knee injury, he worked 43 snaps as Detroit's weakside linebacker. Rookie Antwione Williams played 17 reps in the first post-Kyle Van Noy game.
• Marvin Jones only left the field for one play, but struggled to make an impact against an aggressive Texans secondary. He finished with three receptions for 33 yards. It's the third time in four games he's been held under 40 yards.