The Lions will be without tight end Brandon Pettigrew — the team’s second-leading receiver – for tonight’s game vs. Atlanta.
Pettigrew will miss his second consecutive game since injuring an ankle in the first quarter two weeks ago in Green Bay. He is second on the team in both receptions (57) and receiving yards (556) behind Calvin Johnson.
“He’s a big part of our offense,” Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said this week of Pettigrew. “He’s been our second leading receiver and 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, and we’ve got very capable players that are doing a good job of stepping in.”
Tony Scheffler, Will Heller and Shaun Chapas will handle the tight end duties in place of Pettigrew. Heller will make the start.
As he promised Thursday, safety Louis Delmas will be playing and start at free safety. It’s the second-straight start for Delmas, who’s missed a total of eight games this season because of a sore left knee.
The Falcons average 26.5 points per game and have the league’s No. 5-ranked passing offense (287.5).
Having Delmas in the back end of the defense will be key for the Lions tonight.
Joining Pettigrew on the inactive list are: cornerback Ron Bartell, defensive tackle Ogemdi Nwagbuo, offensive tackles Jason Fox and Corey Hilliard, defensive end Ronnell Lewis and quarterback Kellen Moore.
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