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Brandon Pettigrew | Tight End

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (30) / 2/23/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 278
College: Oklahoma State
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According to Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo, the Lions are hoping to get TE Brandon Pettigrew (hamstring) back Sunday against the Cardinals.
Now that Eric Ebron is dealing with a knee injury, Tim Wright is Detroit's only healthy tight end. Pettigrew tweaked his hamstring in Week 1 and hasn't been on the field since. He was targeted once in the Lions' season opener. Oct 6 - 2:01 PM

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Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 4.

Pettigrew hasn't practiced since Week 1 and remains week to week. The Lions' run blocking has taken a hit with Pettigrew sidelined. Pettigrew's absence locks Eric Ebron into an every-down role.
Oct 3 - 4:39 PM

Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 3.

With Pettigrew on the shelf last week, Eric Ebron played 90 percent of the Lions' offensive snaps. Ebron is in the TE1 mix this week against Denver.
Sep 25 - 3:59 PM

Brandon Pettigrew (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday.

It puts Pettigrew on track to miss his second straight game. Eric Ebron played 70-of-78 snaps with Pettigrew sidelined in Week 2.
Sep 23 - 6:55 PM

Brandon Pettigrew (hamstring) is out for Week 2 against the Vikings.

He didn't practice all week. Pettigrew was only targeted once in Sunday's loss to San Diego. Eric Ebron logged 30 snaps in the opener and should play a bigger role in Week 2 with Pettigrew sidelined.
Sep 18 - 4:21 PM

Brandon Pettigrew (hamstring) missed Wednesday's practice.

It's a concern for Pettigrew after he went down late in Sunday’s game. Eric Ebron will see increased snaps if Pettigrew is held out.
Sep 16 - 4:54 PM

ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley believes Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew could be a trade target for Baltimore during the draft.

Pettigrew has seen his passing-game role disappear over the last two years, and with second-year TE Eric Ebron expected to take a leap this season, Pettigrew could be expendable. The Ravens reportedly liked Pettigrew when he came out of Oklahoma State in 2009, and they could use a veteran option in their depleted tight end corps. Hensley also mentions Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis as an option. Even if they land a veteran tight end, Baltimore should target a pass-catching tight end in the draft.
Apr 18 - 12:24 PM

Lions GM Martin Mayhew said TE Brandon Pettigrew should have a bigger passing-game role in 2015.

Pettigrew had back-to-back 70 catch seasons in 2010-11, but only caught 10 passes last year. "He can catch more balls than that, I think," Mayhew said, "but I don’t see him getting back to a 70-catch season." The additions of Golden Tate and Eric Ebron mean the Lions' offense has a lot more talent than it did in 2011, and Pettigrew was not explosive even when he was being utilized more in the passing game. Pettigrew could see a few more targets in 2015, but he will remain well off the fantasy radar.
Mar 21 - 10:46 AM

Following Dallas' controversial win over Detroit Sunday, referee Pete Morelli explained the key pass interference flag was picked up because one official thought it was "face guarding."

With 8:25 left and the Lions up 20-17, Anthony Hitchens appeared to interfere with Brandon Pettigrew on a 3rd-and-1. "The back judge threw his flag for defensive pass interference," Morelli said in a pool report. "We got other information from another official from a different angle that thought the contact was minimal and didn't warrant pass interference. He thought it was face guarding." Face guarding (not playing the ball) is legal in the NFL but a penalty in college. "I mean, they already spotted the ball as a pass interference, and then went back and said it wasn't pass interference," Lions S James Ihedigbo said. "Never, never. Eight years in the NFL, I haven't seen that happen."
Jan 5 - 8:59 AM

Brandon Pettigrew secured 1-of-2 targets for 11 yards in the Lions' Wild Card Round loss to the Cowboys.

After finishing the regular season with just ten receptions, Pettigrew picked up a key first down on a third-quarter gain of 11 against the Cowboys. Pettigrew's other target was much more controversial. Officials ruled that Pettigrew had been interfered with by Cowboys SLB Anthony Hitchens, announced the penalty to the crowd, then picked up the flag without any explanation in a critical fourth-quarter moment. Expect a lot of discussion about the play throughout this week. Drop-prone Pettigrew, 30 in February, has become a blocking tight end in OC Joe Lombardi's offense.
Jan 4 - 8:27 PM

Brandon Pettigrew was suspended by the Lions for the first quarter of Week 14 due to a violation of team rules.

Pettigrew and the team wouldn't divulge the reason for the suspension, but it sounds like he could have been late to a meeting. The blocking tight end played the final three quarters of the win over Tampa and was not targeted in the pass game.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 08:52:00 AM

Brandon Pettigrew was held without a reception in Week 12.

He's been a non-factor in Detroit's passing game all season long.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 04:53:00 PM

Brandon Pettigrew (foot) was downgraded to "limited" on Thursday.

Pettigrew was "full" on Wednesday. His status is entirely unclear after he was a surprise scratch for Week 11. The Lions missed Pettigrew's blocking in last week's loss to the Cardinals.
Thu, Nov 20, 2014 05:20:00 PM

Brandon Pettigrew (foot) is inactive for Week 11 against the Cardinals.

It's a surprise, as Pettigrew was listed as "probable" on the injury report. Eric Ebron and Joseph Fauria will man tight end for the Lions. Neither is a legitimate TE2.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 03:03:00 PM

Brandon Pettigrew (foot) is probable for Week 11 against the Cardinals.

Pettigrew was limited in practice Friday after not being listed on the injury report earlier in the week. He'll be good to go for blocking duties against the Cardinals, but isn't a fantasy option.
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 05:05:00 PM

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