Jim Caldwell explains why he called Eric Ebron 'Dr. Ebron' on radio


ALLEN PARK, Mich. – Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell said he was being “tongue-in-cheek” when he called tight end Eric Ebron “Dr. Ebron” during his weekly radio show on 97.1 The Ticket in Detroit.

Ebron had told ESPN Insider Josina Anderson earlier this week that he had a “knee bruise” and was just glad he did not need surgery. He also said he could be out three weeks, depending on how he feels and heals.

On Tuesday, Lions coach Jim Caldwell said that wasn’t the Lions' report when asked about the diagnosis and then made the "Dr. Ebron" crack on the radio Thursday.

“I think it’s pretty obvious he made a diagnosis of how long it’s going to be or something of that nature I understand,” Caldwell said. “So that was the reason. It was tongue-in-cheek.”

When he was asked about why he would poke fun at a player for providing information, Caldwell said, “We don’t provide that information.” When asked if Ebron would be punished for providing injury information, Caldwell said, “That’s internal and that’s not really anything that we let out and publicize.”

Ebron declined to speak with reporters in the locker room Thursday, but said he had heard about Caldwell calling him "Dr. Ebron" on the radio.

Ebron injured his knee during the second quarter of Detroit’s 13-10 loss to Seattle on Monday. He has been one of Detroit's most effective offensive weapons this season, catching 15 passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns.

While Caldwell wouldn’t provide an update on Ebron or defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, who didn’t practice Wednesday, he said defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker’s surgery was successful and that he has already started the rehabilitation process.

Walker was spotted in the Lions' locker room on a scooter for his left leg on Thursday.