Brandon Pettigrew doubtful to play Saturday

Posted by ttwentyman on December 21, 2012 – 5:00 pm

It looks like the Lions will be without tight end Brandon Pettigrew for a second consecutive week when they host the Atlanta Falcons (12-2) at Ford Field Saturday night.

Pettigrew, who missed practice all week, is listed as doubtful on Friday’s injury report.

The fourth-year tight end out of Oklahoma State hasn’t practiced or played in a game since leaving in the first quarter of the Lions’ 27-20 loss to the Packers in Green Bay Dec. 9 with an ankle injury.

The Lions missed their second-leading receiving last week in Arizona. Receiver Calvin Johnson had 10 catches for 121 yards in a losing effort, but eight other receivers combined for 14 receptions and 125 yards.

Pettigrew is second on the team in receptions (57) and yards (556).

“He’s a big part of our offense,” Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said of Pettigrew this week. “He’s been our second leading receiver and a big chain mover and a guy we go to in third down and the red zone. You take one of those key components out, it puts a little more of an emphasis on using some other guys.”

Expect Tony Scheffler, Will Heller and Shaun Chapas to fill in at tight end for Pettigrew.

The team listed safety Louis Delmas as questionable, though he already proclaimed he was playing when speaking to reporters in the locker room on Thursday.

Delmas was limited in Thursday’s practice and Friday’s walkthrough.

The team listed safety Don Carey (knee), cornerback Chris Houston (hamstring), receiver Calvin Johnson (knee), running back Mikel Leshoure (calf) and linebacker DeAndre Levy as all probable.

Kickoff Saturday is scheduled for a little after 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.

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