Pettigrew limps off the field

The Lions got good news about one of their first-round rookies today when quarterback Matthew Stafford was able to start against the Packers despite being listed as doubtful this week.

But there may be some bad news about the Lions’ other first-round rookie.

Tight end Brandon Pettigrew, whom the Lions selected with the first-round pick they got from the Cowboys in the Roy Williams trade, suffered an apparent knee injury in the first quarter of today’s game.

Pettigrew’s knee buckled as he was blocking Packers linebacker Clay Matthews. The block didn’t look like anything out of the ordinary, but Pettigrew’s foot planted, his leg bent awkwardly and he fell down in pain. (Matthews, another first-round rookie, got to Stafford and made contact with his head, drawing a roughing the passer penalty on the play.)

Fox TV cameras caught Pettigrew limping off the field and to the locker room, and sideline reporter Pam Oliver said he wasn’t able to put any weight on his injured leg.

Pettigrew is second on the Lions with 334 receiving yards.