The Detroit Lions waived running back Zach Zenner from the reserve-injured list

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    • The Detroit Lions waived running back Zach Zenner from the reserve-injured list

      Detroit made the move Wednesday as it prepared to play at San Francisco.Zenner hurt his back against Cleveland in the preseason finale.He earned a spot on the Lions' roster as an undrafted rookie in 2015. He emerged as Detroit's No. 1 running back in 2016 when he closed the regular season with more than 200 yards of offense over the last two games.Zenner had 420 yards rushing and five touchdowns along with 20 receptions for 207 yards in 28 games over three seasons with the Lions.At South Dakota State , he became the first Division I running back to have for 2,000 yards rushing in three straight seasons.Friday open thread: Who needs to break out for the Lions against the 49ers? With the Week 1 embarrassment to the New York Jets on “Monday Night Football” firmly in the rearview, the Lions will pack their bags and head to San Francisco for an afternoon affair with the 49ers.Detroit’s offensive output last week was, well, offensive. Matthew Stafford played perhaps the worst game of his professional career, the offensive line wasn’t much better than it was in year’s past Matt Prater Jersey , and the supposedly re-tooled run game, yeah, 15 carries for a measly 39 yards.But hey, it’s all in past! Why are your eyes in the front of your head? To look forward. Keep looking forward...“Forward down the field...”Alright, let’s get right into today’s Question of the Day:Who needs to break out for the Lions against the 49ers?After playing just 16 total snaps, and totaling 37 yards on eight touches Nevin Lawson Jersey , rookie Kerryon Johnson needs to be more of a focal point of Detroit’s offensive game plan on Sunday.With veteran T.J. Lang looking less and less likely to play after missing his second straight practice on Thursday with an ailing back, it’s going to be an even more difficult task to expect this Lions offensive line to keep Stafford clean—let alone upright—against this 49ers pass rush.To take the pressure off of Stafford and the passing game, Jim Bob Cooter needs to get creative with his play calling, which admittedly might be a tall task for a guy who was apparently having his offense read like a copy of Cat in the Hat last Monday night.And part of that creative has to stem from Kerryon Johnson, the player the Lions traded up in the second round to select in the 2018 NFL Draft.From the eye test alone, it’s clear Johnson is the team’s most explosive running back Cheap Kerryon Johnson Jersey , capable of working hard for yardage and making an impact in all phases of the game from the running back position. It’s up for Cooter and the Lions coaching staff to give him the platform to break out and keep this Lions offense moving, and the 49ers pass rush wearing itself out on the field.Your turn.Tweets from