Brandon Pettigrew, three other starters sit out of practice Wednesday

Posted by ttwentyman on December 26, 2012 – 1:08 pm

The Lions were without four starters today as they began on-the-field preparations for the team’s final game of the season Sunday vs. Chicago.

Receiver Calvin Johnson, tight end Brandon Pettigrew, safety Louis Delmas and defensive tackle Sammie Hill were all absent from the portion of practice open to the media.

Pettigrew has missed the Lions’ last two games and hasn’t practiced since injuring an ankle Dec. 9 at Green Bay.

“Pettigrew wasn’t able to play again but again (last week vs. Atlanta), as long as he’s not on IR we’re still hopeful that we can get him out,” head coach Jim Schwartz said Sunday. “Brandon’s a really prideful guy and doesn’t want to be out of the game. He wants to be out there but we’ll just have to see how he progresses.”

Hill injured a foot last week vs. Atlanta and Schwartz said he was being evaluated this week.

Both Johnson and Delmas played vs. Atlanta and it’s been common practice throughout the season to give both players rest during the week.

“(Delmas) seems to be on the upswing there as far as being able to bounce back and do some of the things that he wasn’t able to early in the year,” Schwartz said. “You see some of the plays he makes on the field; he’s a difference maker. Made some big tackles. (Falcons’ TE) Tony Gonzalez had one catch for nine yards and that was on one of our linebackers, so both (S) Don Carey and Lou Delmas did a good job of getting him covered.”

Johnson, who already owns the single-season receiving yards record with 1,892, needs 108 yards Sunday vs. Chicago to become the first receiver in NFL history to reach 2,000 yards in a season.

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3 Responses to “Brandon Pettigrew, three other starters sit out of practice Wednesday”

  1. By Bill mason on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    They might have done okay against Gonzalez,but Roddy and Jones killed them deep. We can’t put their huge day all on the cornerbacks.

  2. By sm980268 on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    Yes they did, but have you noticed every Lions game this season no starting safties, 1st year corners that learned on the job and held there own, keep the Offense in the game the first 9-10 games before the offense decided to pore it on in the 4th qurters1

  3. By sm980268 on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    I Predict The Lions Will Be A Top 10 defense next seasona, if they keep all there front seven, the’ll be TOP 5 DEFENSE IN 2013.

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