Eric Ebron
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Mon 5/3/21 12:21 AM1 Comment

Ebron faces increased competition for targets this season after the Steelers selected Pat Freiermuth with the 55th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Ed Bouchette of The Athletic reports.
EDGE Analysis
Ebron hauled in 31 passes for 375 yards during his final season with the Colts in 2019, his lowest marks since his rookie year in 2014. However, he established himself as the primary tight end in Pittsburgh last season and hauled in 56 of his 91 targets for 558 yards and five touchdowns. The Steelers selected Freiermuth in the second round of the draft after Vance McDonald retired in January. Ebron will likely handle most of the pass-catching duties while Freiermuth serves as the No. 2 tight end to begin the 2021 campaign, but the rookie could compete for targets if Ebron gets off to a slow start this season.

Eric Ebron
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Fri 1/15/21 12:59 PM

Ebron tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
EDGE Analysis
Ebron previously sat out the Steelers' Week 17 loss to the Browns following his placement on the reserve/COVID-19 list, which came after he was deemed a close contact of an infected person. He cleared all health-related protocols ahead of last weekend's loss to Cleveland in the wild-card round, turning in a productive outing with seven receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets. Though the Steelers' season has now come to an end, Ebron's positive test resulted in the team shutting down its facility. Ebron will have to complete a quarantine period before he's allowed to resume working out with the team, but assuming he experiences no complications in his recovery, he should be ready to go by the end of the month.

Eric Ebron
TE PIT (7)
Thu 1/7/21 12:24 PM

Ebron has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list.
EDGE Analysis
Ebron landed on the list back on Jan. 2 and sat out the Steelers' regular-season finale against the Browns. In 15 games this past season, the tight end recorded 56 catches (on 91 targets) for 558 yards and five TDs. Now that he's been activated, Ebron should be able to resume his normal role in the offense in Sunday night's playoff opener against Cleveland.

Eric Ebron
TE PIT (7)
Sat 1/2/21 3:55 PM

Ebron was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Ebron is considered a high-risk close contact. As long as he continues to test negative, he'll be available for the first round of playoffs. However, the 27-year-old won't play in the season finale against the Browns, and his absence leaves Vance McDonald and Kevin Rader -- a practice squad elevation -- as the team's only tight ends in Week 17.

Eric Ebron
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Sun 12/27/20 5:58 PM

Ebron (back) caught five of seven targets for 47 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 28-24 win over the Colts.
EDGE Analysis
Ebron returned from a minor back injury and showed no ill effects as he finished third on the team in targets and fourth in receiving yardage. He scored his fifth touchdown of the season on a five-yard grab in the fourth quarter, giving his fantasy managers a useful final stat line. Ebron should be a full go for next Sunday's regular-season finale against the Browns and will look to add to his solid numbers in an inviting matchup.

Eric Ebron
TE PIT (7)
Thu 12/24/20 2:47 PM

Ebron (back) was a full participant during Thursday's practice, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
EDGE Analysis
Ebron needed to be carted to the locker room in Monday's loss to the Bengals after exiting the contest with a back injury, but he's seemingly made a rapid recovery. After sitting out Wednesday's session, Ebron took every rep Thursday, putting himself on track to suit up Sunday against the Colts. Look for Ebron to step back in as the Steelers' top tight end, a role that has translated to 51 receptions for 511 yards and four touchdowns over his 14 appearances on the season.

Eric Ebron
TE PIT (7)
Wed 12/23/20 5:12 PM

Ebron (back) did not practice Wednesday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
EDGE Analysis
Ebron reportedly avoided a serious injury during Monday's loss to the Bengals, but it does look like his availability for Week 16 could be in jeopardy. He'll almost certainly need to resume practicing in some capacity for any chance of suiting up versus Indianapolis on Sunday. Vance McDonald could handle an every-down role if Ebron is forced to miss time, considering that Zach Gentry (knee) is already on IR.

Eric Ebron
TE PIT (7)
Tue 12/22/20 1:03 PM

Ebron didn't suffer any structural or organ damage after he was removed from Monday's 27-17 loss to the Bengals following a hard hit to his back/side area, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
EDGE Analysis
Ebron played 10 offensive snaps and failed to corral his lone target, which came in the second quarter when he was sandwiched by two defenders as he waited for the ball to arrive. The tight end was in obvious pain as he left the field and headed to the locker room, but follow-up scans have seemingly revealed nothing too concerning. That said, Ebron could have a tough time making it back to action on a short week, with the Steelers set to face the Colts on Sunday. Per Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site, head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Ebron is still being evaluated, making his status one to monitor as the weekend approaches.

Eric Ebron
TE PIT (7)
Mon 12/21/20 10:09 PM

Ebron (back) has been ruled out for remainder of Monday's game against the Bengals, Burt Lauten of the Steelers' official site reports.
EDGE Analysis
Ebron was carted to the locker room during the first half of the game after suffering an apparent back injury. Now that Ebron and Derek Watt (concussion) officially are out, look for Vance McDonald to shoulder the load, as he is the only active tight end or fullback left on the roster.

Eric Ebron
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Mon 12/21/20 9:31 PM

Ebron is considered questionable to return after suffering a back injury in Monday's game against the Bengals, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Ebron had to be carted back to the locker room, so any chance of a return is seemingly optimistic at the moment. He was unable to record any receptions prior to exiting. While he's sidelined, look for Vance McDonald to replace Ebron at tight end.