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Levy, Pettigrew will miss home opener vs. Broncos

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Allen Park — Starting tight end Brandon Pettigrew (hamstring) will miss his second straight game while star linebacker DeAndre Levy (hip) is doubtful for the Lions' home opener against the (8:30 p.m., NBC).

Besides those two players, all other players on the Lions' injury report — including quarterback Matthew Stafford — are probable for the game against the Denver Broncos at Ford Field.

In the never-ending tight-lipped approach to Levy's status, coach Jim Caldwell did nothing to quell and concerns over the severity of Levy's hip injury.

Asked if Levy needs or has already had surgery, Caldwell simply pointed to the team's injury report, which only lists a player's name along with his injury and participation level in practice.

"I don't discuss anything other than what we release on the injury report," he said.

Levy has not been on the field during the brief portion of practice open to the media Thursday or Friday. Caldwell, once again, declined to provide an estimated timetable for Levy's return.

"Whenever the doctors release him, but he's making good progress," Caldwell said.

Pettigrew has been fighting a hamstring injury he suffered in Week 1. Without him, Eric Ebron will be the primary tight end, and Tim Wright will be the backup. Fullback Michael Burton could be in the starting lineup as he was last week instead of Pettigrew.

Right guard Larry Warford (ankle) is the only player who was limited in Friday's practice. The only player besides Pettigrew and Levy who were not on the field during the portion of practice open to the media was offensive tackle Corey Robinson, but he's not listed on the injury report.

Warford, Stafford (ribs), defensive end Ziggy Ansah (back), offensive tackle Cornelius Lucas (ankle) and safeties Glover Quin (lower leg), James Ihedigbo (knee) and Don Carey (foot) are all probable.

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