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Brandon Pettigrew injury: Lions TE undergoes tests on ankle

The Lions could be without their starting tight end moving forward.

Jason Miller

The Lions may have to test their tight end depth moving forward. Detroit tight end Brandon Pettigrew will undergo tests on his injured ankle, according to Lions reporter Tim Twentyman. Pettigrew was briefly sidelined in Monday's loss to the Ravens but returned to action.

Pettigrew is the Lions' starting tight end and is a talented blocker. In 14 games, Pettigrew has collected 41 receptions for 416 yards and two touchdowns. In a contract year, Pettigrew has spent his entire five-year career with the Lions and was first-round pick in 2009. He has missed just seven games in his career, while catching a total of 284 passes for 2,828 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns.

If Pettigrew were to miss time, he would likely be replaced in the lineup by touchdown machine Joseph Fauria. A major redzone target, Fauria has caught 12 passes for 144 yards and seven touchdowns.

The Lions will host the Giants on Sunday.

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