Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 1:00pm
The clock has started on Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew to practice after he spent the first 11 weeks of the season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, a source confirmed on Tuesday.
Pettigrew hasn’t played in almost a year after tearing his left ACL against the Rams on Dec. 13, 2015. He missed all of spring workouts and then was placed on the PUP list prior to training camp.
Detroit has three weeks to decide whether to activate Pettigrew from the PUP list, put him on season-ending injured reserve or release him. The return to practice was first reported by the Detroit Free Press.
Pettigrew has not been able to practice since tearing his ACL in a game against the Rams on Dec. 13. Coach Jim Caldwell has refused to answer any questions about his status, his recovery or when he's expected to return.
The Lions TE situation is a bit of a mystery. Eric Ebron has been out and his status is up in the air for Week 1. Matthew Mulligan was cut which made Pettigrew the team's best blocking option. Tim Wright is out for the year. That leaves Cole Wick as the first team option and the story said he could get the start Week 1 if Ebron isn't ready. With Pettigrew out six weeks at least, Wick should have a role even when Ebron is back.
But Detroit practiced without him once again a few hours later.
Pettigrew remains on the physically unable to perform list while rehabbing his way back from a torn ACL. He suffered the injury in a Dec. 13 game against the Rams, and there's no word on what his status is with less than two weeks until the season opener in Indianapolis.
"We'll see," coach Jim Caldwell said. "Got a little time yet here and he's still recuperating."
Pettigrew's absence is exacerbated by the Eric Ebron injury as well. Ebron injured his ankle almost a month ago. He tried to come back once last week, but that lasted only one day before he was back on the mend. Along with Tim Wright, who is already on injured reserve and done for the season, the Lions are without their top three tight ends from last season. Mulligan had been filling in for Pettigrew as the primary blocker, but was swept up in the first round of cuts that came down earlier Monday. It remains unclear how the Lions will fill those duties, the story all said.
The Detroit Lions announced Sunday that the following players were placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List:
Pettigrew tore his ACL in December. Pettigrew won’t be able to practice with the team until he’s activated from the list and could miss up to six weeks of the regular season if he's not ready. Some thought RB Ameer Abdullah could be placed on the list after shoulder surgery, however he was not one of the three names.
Saturday, December 19, 2015, 2:10pm
The Detroit Lions' depth at tight end has taken another hit. Whether that affects Monday's game in New Orleans remains to be seen.
Detroit will issue its game designations later Saturday.
Receiver Calvin Johnson also missed practice Saturday, his second absence of the week, but is still expected to play against New Orleans. He's taken days off throughout the season while dealing with a sore ankle, but continues to play through it.
Friday, December 18, 2015, 6:32pm
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His second-best game of the season was a 61-yard outing against Denver in Week 3. Pettigrew didn't play in that one either.
All told, Ebron is averaging just 24.1 yards receiving when Pettigrew plays -- but that jumps to 53.8 yards when he doesn't.
What does that all mean? According to Ebron, not a whole lot.
"You're right, most of my production did come when he was out," the Detroit Lions tight end said. "But that doesn't mean anything. I just got to continue to grind."
Monday, December 14, 2015, 1:13pm
Lions coach Jim Caldwell told reporters in Allen Park, Michigan, on Monday that the team will place Pettigrew on injured reserve.
Pettigrew had seven catches for 67 yards and a touchdown this season, and has been Detroit's primary blocking tight end.
With Pettigrew out for the season, the Lions have only two tight ends on the 53-man roster: Eric Ebron and Tim Wright. This isn't Pettigrew's first major left knee injury. His rookie season in 2009 ended on Thanksgiving after he tore the ACL in his left knee -- the same knee he hurt Sunday against the Rams, the story said.
Sunday, December 13, 2015, 7:02pm
That's the same knee in which Pettigrew tore his ACL in 2009.
With Timothy Wright inactive for the game, Detroit had only Ebron at the position.
Friday, October 30, 2015, 6:45pm
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Friday, October 23, 2015, 7:16pm
Friday, October 23, 2015, 7:16pm
Lions TE Eric Ebron (knee, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 7. Ebron was the #7 TE through the first three weeks, prior to the knee injury in Week 4. Brandon Pettigrew is out, so Ebron is in line for a ton of snaps.
Thursday, October 22, 2015, 6:35pm
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