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Lions notes: Zach Zenner broke 2 bones in his back, then got hella buff

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Zenner spent his time getting ready for one of two professions.

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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. He broke his ribs and punctured a lung in an injury he calls “way worse” than the broken back.

But the injuries didn’t deter Zenner from a comeback. While he continued to prepare for his career as a doctor—he was studying for the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test) prior to his return to the Lions—he also spent a good portion of his time getting back into football shape when his body was ready:

“I was preparing for either outcome. Preparing to move on and go to school and do some other fun stuff, and also preparing to come back and play for someone,” Zenner said.

You can watch a portion of Zenner’s interview here.

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