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Lions place tight end Joseph Fauria on IR

Posted Dec 10, 2014

The Detroit Lions are shutting down tight end Joseph Fauria for the rest of the year.

The Detroit Lions are shutting down tight end Joseph Fauria for the rest of the year.

The talented second-year tight end, who notched seven touchdown grabs as a rookie, re-injured his left ankle in Sunday’s win over Tampa Bay and was placed on injured reserve by the team Wednesday.

It’s the same ankle that forced Fauria to miss six games earlier this year after a trip-and-fall accident at his home. Fauria suffered a severe high ankle sprain in that accident and appears to have aggravated it on Sunday.

"It will only make my future success that much sweeter,” Fauria wrote on Instagram Wednesday. “Trust I'm going to come back the best I've ever been."

Fauria was hurt making a first-quarter catch in the Lions’ 34-17 victory Sunday. He re-entered the game later with the ankle heavily wrapped, and even caught a third-quarter touchdown from quarterback Matthew Stafford, but was in severe pain after the game.

He reportedly left Ford Field Sunday in a walking boot.

Fauria left Allen Park Wednesday before practice and told detroitlions.com on the way out that he never really got back to 100 percent, even after returning to the field last month at Arizona.

He had just three catches for 25 yards and one touchdown over his last four games. He finished the year with six catches for 74 yards and a touchdown.

The Lions re-signed veteran tight end Kellen Davis to take Fauria’s place on the 53-man active roster.

Davis played three games for the Lions earlier this year, when Fauria, Brandon Pettigrew and Eric Ebron were all dealing with injuries.

The Lions have suffered quite a few injuries at the position this season. Pettigrew missed two games with a foot injury and Ebron sat out three games with a pulled hamstring.

Davis didn’t catch any passes in his three games with Detroit this year, but he’s an above average blocker. Expect Ebron and Pettigrew to take over the bulk of the receiving duties with Davis being a nice blocking piece.