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Sammie Hill ruled out for Sunday; Brandon Pettigrew doubtful

Posted by ttwentyman on December 28, 2012 – 5:00 pm

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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Brandon Pettigrew returns to practice

Posted by ttwentyman on December 28, 2012 – 1:05 pm

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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Calvin Johnson returns to practice; three starters still missing

Posted by ttwentyman on December 27, 2012 – 1:00 pm

Fresh off last night’s announcement that he has received his third-career Pro Bowl nod, receiver Calvin Johnson returned to Detroit Lions practice Thursday after missing Wednesday with a sore knee and ankle.

Johnson was voted a starting NFC receiver in the Pro Bowl by the fans, players and coaches Wednesday night. It’s his third-straight Pro-Bowl selection.

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

He’ll have to get around Pro Bowl cornerbacks Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings to get the record, though. The Bears held Johnson to his lowest output of the season (three catches for 34 yards) in their first matchup back in October.

The Lions were still without tight end Brandon Pettigrew (ankle), safety Louis Delmas (knee) and defensive tackle Sammie Hill (toe) for the portion of practice open to the media. All three players missed practice Wednesday, too.


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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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Louis Delmas, Sammie Hill and Cliff Avril all questionable for Sunday

Posted by ttwentyman on October 12, 2012 – 4:00 pm

The Lions officially listed safety Louis Delmas as questionable for Sunday’s game in Philadelphia on Friday’s injury report. Delmas sat out of practice Friday after being a limited participant both Wednesday and Thursday, but head coach Jim Schwartz said that was by design.

“We had planned to ease him back at the end of the week,” he said. “He’s doing well. He’s not having any setbacks and I’d like to keep it that way.”

Delmas said he’s still not 100 percent, but is getting better every day.

“I can’t really determine whether I play or not, but, like I said, I take it day-by-day, believe in my trainers – they’re doing a great job of preparing me, mixing me in, so I can get back out there on the field,” he said Friday.

Defensive tackle Sammie Hill (toe) and defensive end Cliff Avril (back) are also questionable. Both players were limited all week in practice.

Tight end Brandon Pettigrew (knee), receiver Titus Young (knee), linebacker Travis Lewis (quad) and safety Amari Spievey (groin) are listed as probable.

Linebacker Stephen Tulloch is also listed as probable after showing up on the injury report on Friday for the first time this week with a knee injury. He had a procedure done this offseason to help alleviate some soreness associated with tendinitis.


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Pettigrew and Delmas limited at Lions practice

Posted by ttwentyman on October 10, 2012 – 4:00 pm

The first injury report of the week is out and five players showed up as limited on the report.

Tight end Brandon Pettigrew returned to the practice field today after missing Tuesday’s bonus practice for what head coach Jim Schwartz described as “an extra day of rest.” Pettigrew was listed as limited on Wednesday with a knee injury.

Also limited for the Lions was defensive end Cliff Avril (back), safety Louis Delmas (knee), defensive tackle Sammie Hill (toe) and safety Amari Spievey (groin).

We’ll have to wait until Friday at 4 p.m. to learn the game designations for each of those players.

The Lions were without defensive tackle Corey Williams (knee), defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch (rest day) and receiver Titus Young (knee) for Wednesday’s practice.

Linebacker Travis Lewis (quad) was listed on the injury report as a full participant.


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Avril, Vanden Bosch, Leshoure and others ruled out for Lions tonight

Posted by ttwentyman on August 10, 2012 – 2:03 pm

The Lions will be without the services of a few key players when they host the Browns to open the preseason tonight at Ford Field.

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz has ruled out defensive end Cliff Avril, running back Jahvid Best (Active/PUP), receiver Ryan Broyles, safety Don Carey, safety Louis Delmas, cornerback Chris Greenwood (Active/PUP), running back Mikel Leshoure, defensive tackle Sammie Hill, offensive tackle Jonathan Scott, and defensive end DE Kyle Vanden Bosch for tonight’s game.

“I haven’t practiced with pads on yet so I don’t know if that would be a good idea,” Avril said Thursday’s about playing tonight. “If I’m not ready there’s no point of me going out there and competing.”

With both starting defensive ends out of the lineup, expect reserve defensive ends Lawrence Jackson and Willie Young to get a good amount of playing time tonight.

Lions receiver Titus Young will not play, either, because of the expected birth of his child.


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All of the Lions restricted free agents are signed

Posted by ttwentyman on April 19, 2012 – 1:26 pm

Check off another item from the Lions’ offseason to-do list.

Lions defensive tackle Sammie Hill became the last of the team’s restricted free agents to sign his tender on Thursday.

Linebacker DeAndre Levy and offensive tackle Corey Hilliard signed their tenders on Monday.

Hill had until Friday to sign the original-round tender (fourth round) worth $1.26 million. He’s been participating in phase one of the offseason training program, which began Monday, without a contract after signing a waiver.

Hill is an important reserve with starting experience along the Lions’ defensive front.

Levy was given a second-round tender worth $1.93 million and Hilliard signed an original-round tender (sixth round) worth $1.26 million.


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Levy and Hilliard sign tenders; Hill signed waiver to workout

Posted by ttwentyman on April 16, 2012 – 11:09 am

Linebacker DeAndre Levy and offensive tackle Corey Hilliard have signed their restricted free agent tenders and are both participating in the Lions offseason training program, which began today.

Defensive tackle Sammie Hill has yet to sign his original-round tender ($1.26 million), but he did sign a waiver in order to participate in the training program.

Hill can entertain offers from other teams until April 20. The Lions have until April 25 to match any offer or receiver a fourth-round pick in the draft from any team that signs him.

Levy’s been a three-year starter at both inside and outside linebacker for the Lions. He finished last season with 109 tackles. Levy was given a second-round tender worth $1.93 million.

Hilliard played in all 16 games and made one start at right tackle last year. He is a valuable backup who can play both tackle spots. Hilliard’s original-round tender (sixth round) was worth $1.26 million.


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Lions tender DeAndre Levy, Corey Hilliard and Sammie Hill

Posted by ttwentyman on March 12, 2012 – 3:08 pm

The Lions have extended tender offers to restricted free agents DeAndre Levy, Corey Hilliard and Sammie Hill, according to a league source.

Levy has been given a second-round tender that will pay him $1.927 million in 2012. Levy was a third-round pick by the Lions in 2009.

Hilliard and Hill were given original-round tenders, a fourth rounder in Hill’s case and a sixth-round tender for Hilliard. Both tenders are worth $1.26 million in 2012.

Any team that wants to sign Levy, Hilliard or Hill must give up a similar pick in this year’s draft. If an interested team makes an offer, the Lions have a week to counter the offer or receiver the draft pick.

As previously reported, the Lions did not extend a tender offer to restricted free agent linebacker Ashlee Palmer. The team still hopes to sign Palmer in free agency, though.


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