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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