Colts tight end Eric Ebron placed on IR, will miss rest of season

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - OCTOBER 20: Eric Ebron #85 of the Indianapolis Colts reacts after a play during the fourth quarter in the game against the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 20, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron will miss the rest of the season.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport was the first to report the news. The Colts confirmed it Monday afternoon.

Rapoport says Ebron needs procedures on both of his ankles. He played Thursday night against Houston but was listed as questionable on the injury report. He was a non-participant in Monday’s walkthrough and didn’t practice on Tuesday.

Monday afternoon, Ebron issued a statement on Twitter:

Ebron has 31 catches for 375 yards and three touchdowns this season after a breakout year in 2018 in which he finished with 13 receiving touchdowns. The Pro Bowl tight end caught 66 passes for 750 yards during that campaign and also added a rushing touchdown.

He’s battled through several injuries this season and struggled with consistency. The Colts signed him last year as a free agent; Ebron spent his first four seasons in the NFL with the Detroit Lions.

The Colts re-signed tight end Ross Travis to replace Ebron on the roster. Travis was with Indy in 2017 and spent 2018 on the IR with a knee injury. He barely missed out on making the 53-man roster this year–the team cut him on Aug. 31, the final day of cuts before the regular season.

For his career, Travis has appeared in 21 games with 6 starts (including appearances with the Kansas City Chiefs). In 4 games with the Colts in 2017, he had 2 catches for 33 yards.

Ebron is the latest high-profile player to suffer a significant injury this season. Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton returned after missing three games with a calf injury while running back Marlon Mack suffered a hand injury that required surgery.

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