The team did not disclose any reason for it, but coach Jim Schwartz told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press that his starting tight end needed an extra day of rest.
UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 14 at 12:40 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp
While a matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles isn't ideal, feel free to add him to your lineup if you were hoping to start him this week.
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UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 10 at 4:30 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp
Brandon Pettigrew practiced for a second consecutive day, though he was limited on Thursday, according to Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com:
Louis Delmas, Sammie Hill, Brandon Pettigrew, Amari Spievey and Titus Young limited on Thurs. injury report. Cliff Avril a full participant.— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) October 11, 2012
Pettigrew has a pretty tough matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles defense, so you probably should consider him a TE2 for this week and go a different route if possible.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 11:45 a.m. ET
As we expected, Pettigrew is back on the field and practicing this Wednesday afternoon, according to Anwar Richardson of MLive.com.
Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) October 10, 2012
The Lions TE should be on the field this Sunday and performing at 100 percent effectiveness, but we will keep you updated here throughout the week with any changes to his status.
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However, Chris McCosky of the Detroit News believes that it is an injury, which will not be disclosed until Wednesday—the first day that the team must file an official injury report.
Rotoworld’s staff noted that Pettigrew missed practice during the Lions’ Week 5 bye, leading to speculation that he may not be active in Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The tight end has had a decent start to the season, recording 23 catches for 223 yards and a touchdown through four games. He has to step up if he’s going to help the Lions turn it around after a disappointing 1-3 start.
Missing time would certainly not help, as veterans Tony Scheffler and Will Heller are the other tight ends on Detroit's roster. It might be difficult for quarterback Matthew Stafford to develop a rapport with either of these players in Pettigrew's absence.
The fourth-year man out of Oklahoma State has been very solid during his short career, although he did miss time in his rookie season after suffering a knee injury in a Thanksgiving Day loss to the Green Bay Packers.
He bounced back and played all 16 games in each of the next two seasons. For now, it’s safe to assume that the phantom injury that held him out isn’t too serious, and he should be on the field this coming Sunday. Still, it’s worth monitoring.
Keep it tuned to B/R for the latest news, updates, opinions and analysis on Pettigrew and his status.