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Lions Place Tight End Brandon Pettigrew on IR

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) -- The Detroit Lions will be without tight end Brandon Pettigrew for their final game of the season against the Minnesota Vikings, adding to their disappointing season.

Pettigrew injured his ankle against the Baltimore Ravens back in Week 15. He was unable to practice or play last week against the New York Giants. Without risking further injury, the Lions have decided to shut him down as the team has been eliminated from playoff contention.

"It's interesting the way that tight ends have gone on both teams," Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said. "[Minnesota] lost [Kyle] Rudolph, and then they just lost [John] Carlson. You'd like to have more than one tight end."

The 28-year-old Pettigrew had his lowest statistical season of his career since he was a rookie in 2009. In 14 games, Pettigrew caught 41 passes for 416 yards and two touchdowns.

Joseph Fauria will now be the primary tight end for the Lions in their regular season finale. Even though he's only caught 15 passes all season, he's caught seven touchdowns.

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