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Brandon Pettigrew | Tight End | #87

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (32) / 2/23/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 278
College: Oklahoma State
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (20) / DET
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Free agent TE Brandon Pettigrew was arrested for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct early Sunday morning in Bricktown, Okla.
Pettigrew was allegedly pushing and arguing with two men outside an Oklahoma bar around 2 AM Sunday morning. He was "verbally defiant" with responding officers before eventually being booked in jail and later released the same day. Pettigrew, 32 later this month, was cut by the Lions in December after spending the first few months of the season on the reserve/PUP list. Feb 6 - 11:57 AM
Source: NewOK.com

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Lions waived TE Brandon Pettigrew.

Pettigrew is believed to be healthy, but the Lions had washed their hands of him. He will likely pass through waivers and be available to the highest bidder. A productive receiving tight end at Oklahoma State, Pettigrew was the 20th overall pick in the 2009 draft. He never developed into anything more than a blocking tight end in six years with Detroit.
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 01:44:00 PM

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the Lions are expected to release TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee, PUP) soon.

Per Birkett, his locker at the Lions' facility has already been cleaned out. Pettigrew is said to be healthy after tearing his ACL last December but the Lions decided against activating him. With Eric Ebron getting most of the snaps at tight end these days, there's just no room for Pettigrew in Detroit anymore.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 07:46:00 PM

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.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 02:52:00 PM

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.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 07:11:00 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.
Tue, Nov 22, 2016 07:10:00 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.
Tue, Nov 22, 2016 12:08:00 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.
Wed, Nov 2, 2016 06:41:00 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.
Sat, Sep 17, 2016 06:37:00 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.
Tue, Aug 30, 2016 10:26:00 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.
Sun, Jul 24, 2016 03:17:00 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.
Sun, Jul 24, 2016 01:58:00 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.
Mon, Jun 6, 2016 12:53:00 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.
Tue, May 10, 2016 09:50:00 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
Tue, Feb 23, 2016 09:41:00 AM

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