NFL Injuries: Detroit Lions Tight End Brandon Pettigrew Injures Ankle

By Chris Katje
Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions lost their Sunday Night Football matchup with the Green Bay Packers. The Lions also may have lost starting tight end Brandon Pettigrew for next Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Pettigrew injured his ankle during Sunday’s game and was seen on the sideline later with his foot in a boot. It is unknown whether Brandon is seriously hurt or if the boot was precautionary. Pettigrew’s playing status remains questionable for next week’s game.

Prior to the injury, Pettigrew failed to register a catch. This marked the first time since October 18th in his 2009 rookie season, that Pettigrew did not have at least one catch. Since being drafted 20th overall in the 2009 NFL Draft, Pettigrew has been a key part of the Lions offense.

On the 2012 season, Pettigrew has 57 receptions for 556 yards. Pettigrew is one of quarterback Matthew Stafford’s favorite targets, as Pettigrew has had 97 passes thrown his way. The Lions starting tight end has three touchdown catches on the season as well. Pettigrew has had five games with 60 or more receiving yards this season, so his loss would be felt by the Lions.

If the Lions are without Pettigrew on Sunday, they will rely heavily on backup tight end Tony Scheffler. The former Western Michigan University player has thirty catches for 374 yards and one touchdown on the 2012 season. Scheffler caught three passes for twenty yards and a touchdown on Sunday night. Stafford threw ten passes Scheffler’s way during the game.

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