Lions face Tuesday deadline for Brandon Pettigrew

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Brandon Pettigrew

Allen Park — The Lions have until 4 p.m. on Tuesday to decide what’s next for Brandon Pettigrew.

The veteran tight end, who has spent the season on the physically unable to perform list rehabbing an ACL tear, must either start practicing or be placed on injured reserve. If he returns to practice, the team will have another three weeks to add him to the active roster.

Asked Monday whether a decision has been made on Pettigrew, Lions coach Jim Caldwell said, “We’ll see.”

Pettigrew has declined multiple requests for an interview this season, but was seen running on the side with a trainer during practice prior to the team’s bye week.

A former first-round draft pick, Pettigrew is in his eighth season with the Lions. From 2010-12 he averaged 71 receptions, 689 yards and four touchdowns, but has seen his role in the passing game steadily decrease following the addition and emergence of Eric Ebron.

In 22 games the past two seasons, he’s been limited to 17 receptions for 137 yards and one score.

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