Snap counts: Tim Wright an 'ironman' as Lions' only TE
Allen Park — With tight ends Eric Ebron and Brandon Pettigrew dealing with injuries, Tim Wright had his most extensive action with the Lions in Sunday's 37-34 win over the Chicago Bears.
Wright, whom the Lions acquired in an August trade, played 65 of 81 offensive snaps Sunday, the most of anyone besides the starting offensive linemen, quarterback Matthew Stafford, and wide receivers Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. The third-year tight end finished with three catches for 17 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown, and was the only player available at the position.
"Being the only one at that spot, I thought he was an ironman," Lions coach Jim Caldwell said of Wright Monday. "But like everyone else, I think he made some good plays for us, obviously with the touchdown and things of that nature. But he's still got a huge ceiling, I think."
The Lions hope to have Ebron and Pettigrew back this week, which would relegate Wright to the No. 3 job again. Ebron practiced all last week, though he was limited, and could return after missing the last two games.
Pettigrew suffered a knee injury during the team's walk-through Saturday and was a late addition to the team's injury report and was listed as questionable late Saturday night.
"We thought he would be able to get through it on Sunday," Caldwell said. "He went out and worked out before the game and was not able to get through it, so we went into the ballgame with one (tight end).
Without their top two tight ends, the Lions frequently used an extra blocker in the game with offensive linemen Cornelius Lucas playing 19 snaps as a tight end and Taylor Boggs playing one.
Here are some other snap counts from the game:
Wide receivers: Calvin Johnson 78 (of 81), Golden Tate 70, Lance Moore 45, Corey Fuller 23 and TJ Jones 3.
Linebackers: Josh Bynes 80 (of 80), Stephen Tulloch 49, Tahir Whitehead 32, Travis Lewis 21, Brandon Copeland 16 and Kyle Van Noy 6.
Defensive tackles: Caraun Reid 48, Andre Fluellen 40, Gabe Wright 22, Jermelle Cudjo 18 and Ishmaa'ily Kitchen 15.
Running backs: Theo Riddick 42, Ameer Abdullah 35, FB Michael Burton 19 and Zach Zenner 5.