Tight end Brandon Pettigrew returned to the practice field in a limited capacity Friday, but is listed as doubtful to play Sunday on the team’s Friday injury report.
Pettigrew hasn’t played since Dec. 9 when he injured an ankle in the first quarter at Green Bay.
If Pettigrew doesn’t play Sunday vs. Chicago, he’ll finish the season with 57 catches for 556 yards and three touchdowns. Those are the lowest totals in each category since his rookie season when he played only 11 games because of a torn ACL.
Tight ends Tony Scheffler, Will Heller and Shaun Chapas will continue to fill in for Pettigrew if he can’t go.
The team has already ruled out defensive tackle Sammie Hill for Sunday because of an injured toe. Hill hasn’t practiced all week because of the injury. With Hill out, the Lions will play only one (Ndamukong Suh) of their original four defensive tackles they began the season with. Corey Williams and Nick Fairley are on injured reserve and Hill’s season is now over, too.
Andre Fluellen and Ogemdi Nwagbuo will join Suh in the defensive tackle rotation.
Safety Louis Delmas (knee) and cornerback Chris Houston (hamstring/hip) are listed as questionable. Houston was listed with a hamstring injury on Thursday’s report; the hip is a new development.
Safety Don Carey (knee), receiver Calvin Johnson (knee/ankle) and running back Kevin Smith (thumb) are all listed as probable.
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Needing 182 yards to surpass the all-time single-season leader Jerry Rice, Johnson finished the game with 11 catches for 225 yards.
Said NFL.com, “Hall of Fame WR Jerry Rice set a number of records many figured would never be broken. However, with a game to spare, Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson managed to surpass one of Rice’s most amazing records.
“With 225 yards receiving against the Atlanta Falcons, Johnson set a new single-season receiving yardage record of 1,892 yards, topping Rice’s mark of 1,848 yards set in 1995.”
With one game remaining, Johnson is now shooting to become the first player to record 2,000 receiving yards in a season.
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Tight end Brandon Pettigrew decided the last full practice of the year was as good a time as any to return to the field.
Pettigrew participated in the portion of practice open to the media Friday for the first time since injuring an ankle in the first quarter at Green Bay Dec. 9.
The Lions have missed their second-leading receiver over the past two games he’s missed.
“Anytime you have a tight end that’s a mismatch for other teams it’s a bonus,” quarterback Matthew Stafford said this week. “On third down that’s a short throw to have to make. Most of the time he’s somewhere in front of you and with his body size and hands he creates tough matchups on third down in the red zone.”
Pettigrew is second on the team with 57 catches and 556 yards.
Also returning to the practice field Friday was safety Louis Delmas, who sat out practice Wednesday and Thursday to rest his sore left knee. Delmas has played in each of the team’s last two games.
Receiver Calvin Johnson (knee, ankle) did not practice. He was a limited participant on Thursday, but is expected to play on Sunday.
The Lions will release game designations for Sunday’s matchup with Chicago at 4 p.m. on Detroitlions.com.
Defensive tackle Sammie Hill (toe) missed his third practice this week, putting his status for Sunday in question.
Defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch did not practice but that was likely due to rest since he’s not been on the injury report all week.
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