Brandon Pettigrew officially ruled out against N.Y. Giants

Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew (87) celebrates after catching a pass for a touchdown in the end zone during the third quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew suffered an ankle injury during the team’s heart-breaking Monday Night Football loss to the Baltimore Ravens, and there has always been a high level of concern and pessimism regarding Pettigrew’s chances of playing this week against the New York Giants. He was seen on crutches during Wednesday’s practice, and Pettigrew was unable to practice all week. Yesterday, Lions official site beat writer Tim Twentyman tweeted out confirmation that the Lions have ruled out Pettigrew for tomorrow’s game against the Giants.

Pettigrew isn’t a focal part of the Lions offense by any means, but Matthew Stafford trusts him to move the chains. So far this season, Pettigrew has hauled in 41 passes for 416 yards, but the interesting thing is that he’s only caught five passes in a game twice this season. His loss hurts the Lions with every game being incredibly important in the battle for the NFC North crown, but he isn’t a big loss and shouldn’t affect the Lions chances of beating the Giants too much. Think about it this way, if the Lions lose then it will be due to a much bigger issue than Pettigrew’s absence.

He was never expected to play this week, and I think he was viewed as an inactive ever since it was reported that Pettigrew was on crutches and Lions head coach Jim Schwartz had plenty of concern. Also helping the Lions here is that rookie tight end Joseph Fauria is an absolute monster in the red zone, and the drop-off  between Pettigrew and Fauria isn’t big. While Pettigrew is more athletic, Fauria is an intriguing player who brings plenty to the table.

Topics: Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions, Injury Report, Joseph Fauria

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  • Joseph Bulger

    Coughlin’s “playing for respectability” Giants are about to get Seahawks part deux disrespected on Sunday, with or without Pettigrew. He doesn’t get that it’s over, and he’s a fool for risking injuries to starters like Cruz (now mercifully out for the rest of the season after knee surgery) for no reason but his ego. If he truly thought beyond this lost season, he’d have sent in Nassib over Painter last week in relief, since Painter won’t be on the roster next season while Nassib certainly will, and JR used two picks in the 4th to get him and an active roster spot to keep him… but Coughlin doesn’t think he needs to give the kid some valuable regular season game reps when they’re getting blown out in a meaningless game. Nicks is too smart to buy into Coughlin’s foolishness, because he isn’t going to take on that injury risk when Giants didn’t take care of his payday needs like they did for Cruz. So Eli will be looking for Nicks, and he’ll go through the motions, catch in soft zones, but no way go all out or risk injury by fighting for one of Eli’s poorly thrown balls when he has yet to collect his $7M APY. Maybe Eli got that message loud and clear last week when Hakeem wouldn’t fight for any of Eli’s 4 INTs thrown his way. The statistically worst O-line in Eli’s career will continue to allow A gap pressure from stars like Suh and Fairley, and there’s absolutely nothing Boothe and Diehl will do to slow them down. Gilbride would want to dial up plays to counter, but alas he doesn’t believe in check downs, screens, using a TE quick over the middle, etc. He keeps a poor blocking TE on the field while sitting two monster TEs with blocking skills, one of whom JR referred to as JPP-like. He needs regular season reps, but Coughlin won’t give him any when he’s got his “respectability” to consider. They certainly may get shut out for a second consecutive week and the third time this season, allowing ample opportunity for MegaTron to exploit Prince, who’s good but not yet great. Look for MegaTron on Sports Center because he ought to have a career game.