Pettigrew and Fairley doubtful to play Sunday

Posted by ttwentyman on December 14, 2012 – 5:00 pm

It looks like the Lions could be without tight end Brandon Pettigrew and defensive tackle Nick Fairley Sunday when the team travels to Arizona to take on the Cardinals (4-9).

Both players missed practice all week and are listed as doubtful for Sunday on the injury report.

Pettigrew hurt an ankle in the first quarter of last week’s game at Green Bay. Fairley injured a shoulder in the fourth quarter. Both players did not return to the game.

The Lions have a few different options if Pettigrew is unable to play. Tony Scheffler and Will Heller would be the primary tight ends. Rookie offensive tackle Riley Reiff, who played some tight end in high school, could serve as the third tight end. The Lions also promoted fullback Shaun Chapas from the practice squad. Chapas could also play the third tight end role.

The Lions released receiver Lance Long to make room for Chapas on the active roster.

“(T) Riley (Reiff) has played that,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said Friday. “We also have extra wide receivers. We could go a lot of different places.

“And I don’t want to rule Brandon out also. Brandon’s a tough guy and he’s played through a lot. Even though he hasn’t been on the practice field, he doesn’t really need that to be able to get out there on Sunday.

“So we’ll just see where that goes. We’ll have a lot of different groups to be able to bail us out if we have any tight end issues. We went through the whole game basically last time without him.”

The team has listed safety Louis Delmas as questionable with that sore left knee. Delmas played limited snaps two weeks ago against the Colts, but was inactive last week. He’s missed eight games total this season because of the injury.

“What we try to do when he’s been out there … he wasn’t able to go last week, but the weeks before that … I think it was the Houston game that he went and played every snap and then had to come out I think midway through the fourth quarter,” Schwartz said.

“So we changed it around a little bit and tried to spot him. He still played three quarters or 80 percent of our snaps but just tried to limit him a little bit early and try to keep his availability throughout the game.”

Safety Don Carey (knee), cornerback Chris Houston (hamstring), receiver Calvin Johnson (knee), cornerback Jacob Lacey (foot, Achilles) and tackle Corey Hilliard (knee) are all listed as probable.

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4 Responses to “Pettigrew and Fairley doubtful to play Sunday”

  1. By Anthony Miller on Dec 15, 2012 | Reply

    I tell u what I aint gone miss Pettigrew!!! That scrub is like ole Hands of Stone David Sloan!!! If u been a fan long enough!!!

  2. By Josh on Dec 15, 2012 | Reply

    thats the truth! He seems to just get worse when it comes to catching the ball. Better blocker than the other two but it doesn’t mean anything since we run one run play the whole game. Wierd… another shotgun draw play. Didn’t see that coming.

  3. By rockbo1955 on Dec 15, 2012 | Reply

    I can not believe the amount of injuries the lions have had this year! I am think of the madden curse this year! I wont vote for CJ again for the madden football cover!

  4. By lionnuts on Dec 15, 2012 | Reply

    The Madden Curse is horse crap. These players get injured because they are out of shape and don’t take care of there bodies. They sit around smoking weed and play themselves on Madden. Pettigrew was said to be one of the best “pass catching” Tight Ends coming out of the draft. It seems like when these guys get the million they deside to sit around. I have been working 30 years. I’ll never even see the kind of money these bums make. DO YOUR JOB DAMNIT!

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