Lions' Brandon Pettigrew, Reggie Bush out vs. Cardinals
Glendale, Ariz. — The Lions (7-2) won't have their top three tight ends for today's NFC showdown against the Arizona Cardinals (8-1) after all.
Starting tight end Brandon Pettigrew was a late scratch Sunday despite being listed as probable with a foot injury. Pettigrew played through the injury in Week 7, sat Week 8 and played through it again in Week 10. He practiced fully Wednesday and Thursday, and even though he was limited Friday, he was expected to play.
Running back Reggie Bush is also out, though that's no surprise. Bush didn't practice this week after aggravating an ankle injury that's slowed him for the past month, and with him out, Joique Bell will start and Theo Riddick will have an increased role.
As expected, tight ends Joseph Fauria and Eric Ebron will make their return to the Lions' lineup. Fauria hasn't played since Week 3, and Ebron has missed the last three games. Even though they are back, Kellen Davis will continue to have a role because of his blocking ability against a blitz-happy Cardinals team, but Ebron is listed as the starter.
Rookie third-round pick Travis Swanson will start at right guard with Larry Warford (knee) out, and defensive tackle C.J. Mosley will start for the second week in a row with Nick Fairley (knee) out.
The Lions' other inactives are wide receiver Ryan Broyles, quarterback Kellen Moore and defensive end Larry Webster.
For the Cardinals, running back Kerwynn Williams, defensive tackle Ed Stinson, defensive end Josh Mauro, guard Earl Watford, tight end Darren Fells, and linebackers Desmond Bishop and Glenn Carson are inactive.