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87 Brandon Pettigrew TE
Height/Weight: 6-5/275 | Birthdate: 2/23/1985 | Birthplace: Tyler, TX, USA | Team: Detroit | College: Oklahoma State | NFL Experience: 7 | Owned/Started%: 3/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Lions' Caldwell considers Pettigrew a 'foundation'-type player


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew had his worst season from a statistical standpoint in 2014, totaling a career-low 10 catches for 70 yards and no touchdowns. His numbers aren't expected to improve dramatically in 2015 since the Lions want to get second-year tight end Eric Ebron more involved in the passing game.

Still, coach Jim Caldwell holds Pettigrew in high regard.

"I think he's an iron man," Caldwell said, per MLive.com. "(He did a) tremendous job. Got a lot of respect for that man. Let me tell you something, he was tough. He was gritty. And I think those guys are the kinds of guys you can build a foundation upon.

"He's one of those guys."


Jim Caldwell still angry about PI call, supports replay review


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(1/6/2015) Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell, still upset about the pass-interference flag officials picked up in the fourth quarter of Sunday's playoff loss at Dallas, suggested video replay be used on critical calls like that one, reports the Columbus Dispatch.

"I think, without question, it was probably not officiated correctly in my estimation,” Caldwell said Monday. "Nevertheless, I do think in this day and age, with modern times where we have technology that can take out the human factor in certain key situations in big games, that we should use that technology to do so."

Detroit led 20-17 and had third-and-1 at the Cowboys' 46-yard line when linebacker Anthony Hitchens was called for pass interference against tight end Brandon Pettigrew. Officials reversed themselves and picked up the flag, prompting a Lions punt. Sam Martin shanked it, the Cowboys drove for a touchdown and held on to win 24-20.

"I'm angry about it, and trying to keep my composure here, but I'm probably angry for our team, and the fans," Caldwell said. "That's the thing that stirs your blood."

Dean Blandino, the NFL's vice president for officiating, said Hitchens should have been penalized for defensive holding. That would have given the Lions a first down, putting them near field-goal range.


NFL issues clarification on controversial Lions-Cowboys game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/5/2015) Wanting to clear up any misconceptions regarding referee Pete Morelli’s decision to not flag the Cowboys for pass interference during the Lions-Cowboys game Sunday, NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino said on the NFL Network it was a judgment call.

Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens was covering Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew on a third-and-one play in the fourth quarter when a flag was thrown for an alleged pass interference. After convening, the referees determined there was no penalty on the play and the Lions punted. The Cowboys would go on to win the game, but controversy over the call did not end.

Hitchens did not play the ball and appeared to be face-guarding, but Blandino said that is not a foul in the NFL. However, Blandino said Hitchens should have been called for defensive holding before the pass was thrown.


Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (head) returns to Wild Card game


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/4/2015) Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew has returned to Sunday's Wild Card game against the Cowboys.

Pettigrew was evaluated for a concussion and deemed questionable to return, so his presence on the field means he must have passed testing. He has caught his only target in the game, gaining 11 yards.


Lions' Pettigrew, Whitehead, Carey questionable to return Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/4/2015) Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew, linebacker Tahir Whitehead and strong safety Don Carey are questionable to return to Sunday's Wild Card game against the Cowboys, the team announced.

Pettigrew is being evaluated for a concussion. Whitehead and Carey are dealing with dehydration.


Probables dominate injury report posted by Lions


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) The Lions are in good physical shape for their Sunday game against the Patriots aside from the ruled-out statuses of defensive tackle Nick Fairley and guard Larry Warford with knee problems.

Running back Reggie Bush (ankle) is questionable, but the rest of those on the injury report are probable, including star wideouts Calvin Johnson (ankle) and Golden Tate (hip). The rest are running back Joique Bell (ankle), tight end Brandon Pettigrew (foot) and tackle LaAdrian Waddle (knee).


Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew downgraded Thursday


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(11/20/2014) Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew, who practiced fully Wednesday, was downgraded to a limited participant Thursday, reports Detroit Sports 105.1. Pettigrew missed the Week 11 loss at Arizona.

Brandon Pettigrew among Lions' inactives Sunday


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(11/16/2014) Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew (foot) was declared inactive for Sunday's game at Arizona, and rookie tight end Eric Ebron will start instead. Also inactive for Detroit are running back Reggie Bush (ankle), defensive tackle Nick Fairley (knee), guard Larry Warford (knee), defensive end Larry Webster, wideout Ryan Broyles and quarterback Kellen Moore.

Lions enter Week 11 clash vs. Arizona relatively healthy


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/14/2014) Outside of three players, the Lions enter Week 11 against Arizona relatively healthy. The team ruled out Nick Fairley (knee) and Larry Warford (knee) for Sunday. Reggie Bush (ankle) missed practice all week and was labeled questionable.

Meanwhile, the following players practiced in full Friday and were deemed probable: Eric Ebron (hamstring), Joseph Fauria (ankle), James Ihedigbo (back), Calvin Johnson (ankle), Don Muhlbach (ankle), Brandon Pettigrew (foot), Devin Taylor (knee) and LaAdrian Waddle (knee).


Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew held without a grab Week 10


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew was active but played a limited role in his team's 20-16 victory over the Dolphins in Week 10. Pettigrew, who entered the game with a foot injury, was utilized as a pass and run blocker. He was not targeted in the passing game.

Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew ruled active for Week 10


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew officially ruled active for Sunday's clash against Miami in Week 10. Pettigrew missed Detroit's previous game in London and was questionable heading into Sunday with a foot injury. With Eric Ebron (hamstring) and Joseph Fauria (ankle) sidelined, Pettigrew could see a larger-than-normal role on offense.

Lions list final injury report for Week 10


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2014) The Lions have ruled Nick Fairley (knee) out for Sunday's game against Miami. Eric Ebron (hamstring) was ruled doubtful, while Joseph Fauria (ankle) and Brandon Pettigrew (foot) were both ruled questionable.

Meanwhile, Ezekiel Ansah (toe), Reggie Bush (ankle), Calvin Johnson (ankle), George Johnson (hamstring) and LaAdrian Waddle (concussion) were each labeled probable.


Lions tight ends practicing Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2014) Lions tight ends Brandon Pettigrew, Eric Ebron and Joseph Fauria were all practicing for Detroit Friday, but all three appeared to be limited. According to the Detroit Free Press, Kellen Davis could be the primary tight end on Sunday against the Dolphins, while two of the three could be on a snap count. 

Trio of Lions go from DNP to limited Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/6/2014) Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (toe) and tight ends Brandon Pettigrew (foot) and Eric Ebron (hamstring) have been upgraded from did not practice Wednesday to limited in Thursday session.

Ebron missed the last two games while Pettigrew was sidelined in Week 9. Ansah has been active throughout.


Lions expected to have 'tight-end-friendly offense'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/6/2014) The Lions' tight end corps has been a banged up group this season. Brandon Pettigrew, Eric Ebron and Joseph Fauria have all missed time due to injury. When healthy, the trio have combined for 22 catches for 220 yards and one touchdown.

The production hasn't been there for Ebron, Pettigrew and Fauria, but offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi indicated Thursday he expects that to change when all three players return to the lineup. Lombardi added more plays have been called for the trio than they have executed.

"I think this will be a tight-end-friendly offense," he said, per the Detroit Free Press.

Pettigrew (foot) and Ebron (hamstring) returned to practice Thursday, while Fauria (ankle) practiced for a second straight day. The Lions play the Dolphins Week 10.


Lions waiting on statuses of Megatron, Bush, three TEs


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2014) Lions coach Jim Caldwell would not reveal the statuses of running back Reggie Bush (ankle), wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) and tight ends Brandon Pettigrew (foot), Joseph Fauria (ankle) and Eric Ebron (hamstring) for Week 10 against Miami. All five injured players sat out Week 8 against Atlanta in London before the team went on a bye week.

"We'll have to wait and see," Caldwell said during his Monday news conference, per ESPN.


Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush among Lions inactives for Week 8


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson and running back Reggie Bush were among the notable players officially ruled inactive for Sunday's clash in London against the Falcons in Week 8. Both players are working their way back from ankle injuries.

The team will also be without the services of their top three tight ends on the depth chart, Eric Ebron (hamstring), Joseph Fauria (ankle) and Brandon Pettigrew (foot). Other inactives include LaAdrian Waddle (concussion) and backup quarterback Kellen Moore.


Three Lions tight ends appear doomed to inactivity Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/24/2014) The Lions are nearly certain to be sans three tight ends for their Sunday game against Atlanta. Both Eric Ebron (hamstring) and Joseph Fauria (ankle) have been ruled out while starter Brandon Pettigrew (foot) has been designated as doubtful.

Their absences could launch Jordan Thompson into the starting role. He was recently signed off the practice squad. Fullback Jed Collins could also earn some reps at tight end.


Reggie Bush, three TEs sit out practice Thursday for Lions


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2014) Lions running back Reggie Bush (ankle), tight end Eric Ebron (hamstring), tight end Joseph Fauria (ankle) and tight end Brandon Pettigrew (foot) all sat out practice Thursday. Bush was the only player of the four to practice Wednesday.

The Lions are preparing to play the Falcons in Week 8.


Three Lions tight ends held out of practice Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2014) Lions tight ends Brandon Pettigrew, Eric Ebron and Joseph Fauria were all held out of practice Wednesday.

Ebron (hamstring) and Fauria (ankle) continue to be sidelined due to injuries that kept them out Week 7 vs. New Orleans, and Pettigrew appears to be sidelined due to an ankle/foot injury he sustained Sunday against the Saints, according to MLive.com.


Lions get offensive contributions in comeback win


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(10/19/2014) The Lions got contributions from a variety of players in their 24-23 comeback win over the Saints. Among them, wideout Jeremy Ross caught three of his four targets for 32 yards, and tight end Brandon Pettigrew hauled in four of his six targets for 28 yards.

They'll face the Falcons in London in Week 8.


Lions' Brandon Pettigrew destined for expanded role in Week 7


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) With Joseph Fauria (ankle) out and Eric Ebron (hamstring) doubtful for Sunday, Brandon Pettigrew will likely be the only healthy tight end on the roster for the Lions in Week 7 at home against the Saints. He's expected to have an expanded role in the passing game, according to MLive.com.

"He's more than capable (of catching passes)," head coach Jim Caldwell said."And if that does indeed happen, I think he'd relish the opportunity to fill in in that area. He's big and he's got some speed, and he's a hard worker who has been performing extremely well for us."

Pettigrew has been more of a blocking tight end as of late with Fauria and Ebron on the roster. He has only five catches for 40 yards on the season.


Brandon Pettigrew no longer viewed as a receiver


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(10/14/2014) Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew drew at least 100 targets in three of the previous four years, but under new coach Jim Caldwell, Pettigrew is almost strictly being used as a blocker, reports MLive.com. Pettigrew has been targeted eight times in six games, catching five passes for 40 yards.

"We're trying to do what's best for us to get in the end zone," Caldwell told the website.

The Lions are using tight ends Eric Ebron and Joseph Fauria as pass catchers.


Ryan Broyles, Brandon Pettigrew contribute in Week 4 win


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) The Lions received contributions from several role players in a Week 4 win over the Jets at MetLife Stadium

Ryan Broyles caught a 21-yard pass from Matthew Stafford in the third quarter for his only catch of the afternoon. He was targeted twice. Brandon Pettigrew caught all two of his targets in the first half. He finished the game with 19 receiving yards.


Brandon Pettigrew officially in for Week 2


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew, who is contending with a foot injury, is active for Week 2 at Carolina. He was listed as probable on Friday's injury report after practicing in full both Thursday and Friday.

Pettigrew had only one catch for 9 yards Week 1 against the Giants. He is attempting to hold off rookie Eric Ebron as the primary tight end.