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Brandon Pettigrew | Tight End | #87

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (31) / 2/23/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 278
College: Oklahoma State
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (20) / DET
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The Lions will not activate TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee) from the reserve/PUP list.
Pettigrew is still slightly less than a year removed from tearing his left ACL. A Lion since going with the No. 20 overall pick in the 2009 draft, Pettigrew is signed for $4.35 million next season. He obviously won't see that. Pettigrew turns 32 in February. He could have a hard time finding a new home if the Lions pass on a pay cut and release him outright. Dec 6 - 2:52 PM

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Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee, PUP) isn’t expected to return Sunday.

Pettigrew has been practicing since Week 12. He hasn't had any setbacks but isn’t ready to return. The Lions will need to activate Pettigrew next week or shut him down for the season.
Dec 2 - 7:11 PM

Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee, PUP) isn't expected to play in Week 12.

Pettigrew returned to practice Tuesday, but he's not going to be activated on a short week. It sounds like Pettigrew has a decent chance at returning in Week 13.
Nov 22 - 7:10 PM

Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee, PUP) returned to practice on Tuesday.

That begins his 21-day window for activation. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press said Pettigrew is an "extreme longshot" for Thursday's Thanksgiving game against the Vikings but "should be back before long." Perhaps he'll return against the Saints in Week 13.
Nov 22 - 12:08 PM

Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee, PUP) was cleared to run.

Pettigrew has been eligible to return the last two weeks. He isn't going to be activated Sunday, but is expected to practice after Detroit's Week 10 bye. Pettigrew will have a blocking role behind Eric Ebron when healthy.
Nov 2 - 6:41 PM

Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee, reserve/PUP) could be released when healthy.

Pettigrew is on track to return in Week 7 when first eligible. It's possible the Lions move on from him if they like the progress of UDFA Cole Wick. Pettigrew should remain in Detroit, but doesn't have more than a blocking role behind Eric Ebron.
Sep 17 - 6:37 PM

Lions placed TE Brandon Pettigrew (ACL) on the reserve/PUP.

The veteran is attempting to come back from a December ACL tear. The move will cost Pettigrew at least the first six weeks of the season. With Eric Ebron (ankle) questionable for Week 1, the Lions are extremely thin at tight end. Detroit also cut CB Brandon McGee to reach the 75-man roster limit.
Aug 30 - 10:26 AM

The Detroit Free Press reports TE Brandon Pettigrew (ACL) is "expected back somewhere around the middle of next month."

If so, he would be ready for Week 1. It's been speculated since the spring that Pettigrew might land on reserve/PUP to open the season, which would cost him the first six games. When healthy, Pettigrew is the Lions' blocking tight end.
Jul 24 - 3:17 PM

Lions placed TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee) on the active/PUP list.

Pettigrew was never expected to be ready for training camp. He's seven months into his ACL recovery. Pettigrew is a candidate to open the season on reserve/PUP, costing him the first six games.
Jul 24 - 1:58 PM

Lions GM Bob Quinn said TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee) will not be ready for training camp.

Pettigrew had said he "planned" to be ready for camp, but that was never likely after he tore his ACL in December. It is possible he begins the season on the reserve/PUP list.
Jun 6 - 12:53 PM

Brandon Pettigrew (knee) "plans" to be ready for the start of training camp.

He may be "planning" to be ready, but it's extremely unlikely after Pettigrew tore his ACL in Week 14. He'll be lucky to avoid the reserve/PUP list to start the season. Pettigrew turned 31 in February and is probably nearing the end of the line. Pettigrew has devolved into nothing more than a blocker.
May 10 - 9:50 PM

MLive's Justin Rogers reports Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (ACL) cannot be released without an injury settlement.

The Lions could have saved $2.65 million against the cap by releasing Pettigrew if he were healthy, but a December ACL tear has complicated the situation. With Pettigrew likely to miss a significant chunk of next season, the Lions are required to pay him an injury settlement which would likely come close to matching his 2016 salary. Unless he decides to take a much cheaper settlement, the Lions may be stuck with Pettigrew for a while.
Source: MLive.com
Feb 23 - 9:41 AM

The Lions could move on from TE Brandon Pettigrew this offseason.

Pettigrew had December ACL surgery and is due $3.65 million. He’s unlikely to be back given Detroit’s cap situation. Releasing Pettigrew would create more snaps for Eric Ebron.
Source: MLive.com
Jan 22 - 8:08 PM

Lions coach Jim Caldwell confirmed TE Brandon Pettigrew is done for the year with a torn ACL in his left knee.

He will find his way to injured reserve soon. Pettigrew tore the same ACL as a rookie in 2009 and has now torn his ACL three times in total. A purely blocking tight end who will be 31 in February, Pettigrew is set to make $3.65 million next season. It would not be surprising if the new front office decides to move on.
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Brandon Pettigrew left the Lions' Week 14 game against the Rams with a knee injury.

Pettigrew never returned. He caught his only target for seven yards before exiting in the second quarter. With Pettigrew hurt and Tim Wright inactive, Eric Ebron is Detroit's only available tight end.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 02:02:00 PM

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2Zach Zenner
3Joique Bell
4Ameer Abdullah
GLB1Dwayne Washington
2Ameer Abdullah
3RB1Theo Riddick
FB1Mike Burton
WR11Marvin Jones
2Anquan Boldin
WR21Golden Tate
2Andre Roberts
WR31Anquan Boldin
TE1Eric Ebron
2Clay Harbor
3Matthew Mulligan
LT1Taylor Decker
2Cornelius Lucas
LG1Laken Tomlinson
2Joe Dahl
C1Travis Swanson
2Graham Glasgow
RG1Larry Warford
RT1Riley Reiff
K1Matt Prater