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                      === Lions put TE Pettigrew on IR ===
 
 Allen  Park, MI  (SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Lions have placed tight end
 Brandon Pettigrew on injured reserve due to a sprained left ankle.
 
 He finished the season with 41 receptions for 416 yards and two touchdowns.
 
 The  Lions, who were knocked out of playoff contention with this past Sunday's
 loss  to the New York Giants, could be without several starters for the season
 finale at Minnesota.
 
 The   team  practiced   Wednesday   without  wide   receiver  Calvin   Johnson
 (knee/ankle),  tight  end Brandon Pettigrew (ankle), offensive tackle LaAdrian
 Waddle   (ankle),   safety  Louis   Delmas  (knee),  cornerback  Bill  Bentley
 (concussion)  and linebacker  DeAndre Levy  (foot). Running  back Joique  Bell
 (knee) was also absent from practice.
 
 
 
 
 12/25 20:15:41 ET