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Allen Park — Injuries have hampered the Lions on both offense and defense this season but they've been saved by their quality depth, which hasn't shown too much of a dropoff from the starters' production.

At tight end, the Lions looked to be getting healthier, with the returns of Joseph Fauria (ankle) and Eric Ebron (hamstring). But Brandon Pettigrew, who has had nagging injuries over the past few weeks but practiced last week, missed Sunday's 14-6 loss to the Cardinals.

Ebron played 33 of 56 snaps (59 percent) in mostly a receiving role, but Pettigrew's blocking prowess was missed, as the Cardinals were able to rush quarterback Matthew Stafford successfully for four sacks and get a few more quarterback hits and hurries.

Kellen Davis, used more for blocking, played 25 snaps (45 percent), and Fauria, primarily a receiver, was in on only four plays. Pettigrew played 43 snaps (64 percent) last week in the win over the Dolphins. It's unclear what injury kept him out of the game.

Ebron was the only tight end targeted, and caught all four of his passes for 22 yards.

OTHER NOTABLE SNAP COUNTS:

Receiver: Calvin Johnson 52, Golden Tate 52, Jeremy Ross 44, Corey Fuller 8

Analysis: Johnson and Tate each played all but four offensive snaps, but weren't potent parts of the offense, with Johnson grabbing five of 12 targets for 59 yards and Tate limited to two catches for 41 yards. Ross added just one reception for seven yards and Fuller wasn't targeted.

Right tackle: LaAdrian Waddle 41, Cornelius Lucas 15

Analysis: Waddle has fought against injuries all season, and went out again in the second half, leaving Lucas to play the last 15 snaps. The right side of the offensive line has been a concern all season, but more now with guard Larry Warford apparently out for a while.

Running back: Joique Bell 40, Theo Riddick 18, Jed Collins 4

Analysis: With Reggie Bush out because of an injury, Bell took most of the reps (71 percent) and had the best rushing day by a Lions player all season, totaling 85 yards. Bell added three catches for 30 yards. Riddick was not as effective as he's been, with two carries for two yards and three catches for 24 yards.

Nickel back: Cassius Vaughn 35 (of 62), Isa Abdul-Quddus 11, Mohamad Seisay 3

Analysis: The Cardinals played a variety of offensive sets, sometimes with four receivers. The Lions countered with nickel or dime packages, giving the extra defensive backs more snaps. Vaughn had an up-and-down game, giving up a touchdown pass to Michael Floyd but adding in interception later. Abdul-Quddus had three tackles, Vaughn two and Seisay one.

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