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Eagan native Zach Zenner hospitalized after season-ending injury


The rookie season for former Eagan standout Zach Zenner came to an end Sunday.

Zenner was placed on injured reserve by the Detroit Lions and will miss the rest of the season, after he was injured in Sunday's game against Chicago.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Zenner suffered multiple cracked ribs and is hospitalized with a partially collapsed lung.

"He's an integral part of what we do from an offensive standpoint," Caldwell told reporters. "Tough, rugged guy, but also very involved in our special teams and just a quality person as well. Had a chance to visit with him on the phone a little bit (Sunday night) and he's certainly not only hurting physically but certainly hurting for the opportunity. But he's a young guy and he'll heal in due time."

Zenner turned heads of those around the NFL with an outstanding preseason. He signed with Detroit as an undrafted free agent out of South Dakota State, where he ran for over 2,000 yards in three of his four seasons.

Pro Football Talk notes that he was starting to carve out a niche in the Lions offense. Zenner had replaced the injured running back Joique Bell as the primary complement to Ameer Abdullah, in the Lions offense.

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