It was a mild surprise when the Detroit Lions brought back Zach Zenner this week. The Lions running back was placed on injured reserve after suffering a back injury in the preseason finale. A couple weeks into the season, the Lions waived him from IR, seemingly ending the Zenner era in Detroit.
However, enough time has passed since his injury settlement that he was allowed to return to the Lions, and Zenner told the media on Wednesday about his time away from the team.
He also finally provided some context to his preseason back injury.
“It was pretty bad. I had two fractures,” Zenner said. “They’re not load-bearing bones, so certain movements it would grab me, but it wasn’t as bad as it sounds. If you’re going to break your back, that’s what you want to do.”
In his rookie year, Zenner suffered an even more terrifying injury.

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