Lions keep Pettigrew, Fuller on PUP, roster down to 75

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
The Lions placed tight end Brandon Pettigrew on the reserve/physically unable to perform list for the regular season and will miss at least the first six weeks.

Allen Park -- The Detroit Lions cleared the final three roster spots needed to get down to the mandatory 75 on Tuesday, waiving cornerback Brandon McGee and moving tight end Brandon Pettigrew and wide receiver Corey Fuller to the reserve/physically unable to perform list.

By keeping Pettigrew and Fuller on PUP, the players will have to sit out at least the first six weeks of the regular season. At that point, the Lions will have a five-week window to allow the player to return to practice. Once a player begins practicing, the team has 21 days to either activate, release or place them on season-ending injured reserve.

Pettigrew has been out since last December, when he suffered a torn ACL. It's the third time he's suffered the injury. The first occurred while still playing for Oklahoma State and the second his rookie season with the Lions in 2009.

The inability to get Pettigrew back on the field for the start of regular season continues to leave the Lions uncharacteristically shallow at the tight end position. Starter Eric Ebron has been sidelined since Aug. 6, with a lower leg injury, but is expected to be back for the season opener against the Indianapolis Colts on Sept. 11. Beyond that Detroit has two undrafted rookies, a third-year player with just nine career receptions and Andrew Quarless, who is suspended the first two games of the season stemming from a weapons incident in July, 2015.

Fuller, on the other hand, wasn't expected back this soon. He's still recovering from a June foot surgery.

McGee's time in Detroit was short. The Lions signed the veteran cornerback last week. He didn't play a defensive snap during Saturday's preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens.

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