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Eric Ebron returns to full practice on Thursday, trending up for Week 16

Pittsburgh Steelers veteran tight end Eric Ebron did not practice on Wednesday because of a back injury.

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Eric Ebron (85) leaves with an injury during the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Thursday update: Ebron returned to a full practice on Thursday and is on track to play on Sunday.

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Eric Ebron was among the five players that did not practice on Wednesday, according to Noah Strackbein. Ebron suffered a back injury in the second quarter of Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reported on Tuesday that the veteran tight end did not suffer any organ damage. That being said, the Steelers are hoping that Ebron can go because he plays a significant role in their offense. This season, the 27-year-old tight end has recorded 51 receptions (84 targets) for 511 yards and four touchdowns.

In regards to fantasy football, Ebron hasn’t been a reliable option as he only has two double-digit performances this season. If he cannot play on Sunday against the Colts, one would expect more snaps for backup tight end Vance McDonald, who only has nine receptions for 61 yards this season. And the Steelers would like go to more four wide receiver sets to utilize their full compliment of perimeter options.