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Lions place Brandon Pettigrew on injured reserve

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The Lions may not be mailing things in against the Vikings on Sunday, but they won’t be going at full strength either.

The team has placed tight end Brandon Pettigrew on injured reserve, ending his season a little early because of an ankle injury. Pettigrew caught 41 passes for 416 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games this season.

There’s been no indication that Pettigrew’s injury will cut into his offseason work or compromise his chances of being ready for the 2014 season. It could still impact the kind of deal that Pettigrew gets as an unrestricted free agent once March rolls around. The 2009 first-round pick has played out his contract in Detroit and the high possibility of a coaching change makes it hard to predict the likelihood that he’ll return.

Joseph Fauria will fill in for Pettigrew this weekend and the undrafted rookie has flashed some skills as a receiver this year that may make him a better bet to be in Detroit again next season than the guy he’s been backing up.

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6 Responses to “Lions place Brandon Pettigrew on injured reserve”
  1. noeffinway says: Dec 25, 2013 5:39 PM

    Fauria has 15 catches for 7 TD’s…….yeah, I’d say he flashed some skills!

  2. stinger124 says: Dec 25, 2013 6:05 PM

    And a two point conversion.

  3. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 25, 2013 6:06 PM

    If Fauria doesn’t end up back in Detroit I bet Belichick would love to have him on the Pats. His father player very well for them.

  4. floratiotime says: Dec 25, 2013 6:16 PM

    Way to hit free agency Brandon.

  5. gb4mn0 says: Dec 25, 2013 6:41 PM

    Please join me in congratulating the vikqueens on their 3rd double digit losing season out of the past 4.

    Their 53 season run of irrelevancy is firmly intact for another year.

  6. jjg8505 says: Dec 25, 2013 8:42 PM

    The Vikings have nothing to do with this column so yea that’s completely irrelevant but ill play an nflrox card here and wish Brandon the best and hope for a speedy recovery.

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