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Lions waive former SDSU RB Zenner

Detroit Lions running back Zach Zenner takes the field prior to the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in 2017. Mike DiNovo / USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions waived running back Zach Zenner off the injured reserve list Wednesday, two weeks after he suffered a back injury in the preseason finale.

Zenner, who turns 27 on Thursday, played the last three seasons with the Lions after signing as an undrafted free agent from South Dakota State in 2015.

A fan favorite in Detroit, Zenner appeared in 28 games and rushed for 420 yards and five touchdowns. He also caught 20 passes for 207 yards and was a key contributor on special teams.

By waiving Zenner, Detroit gives him the opportunity to catch on with another team and play this season.