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Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew benched for a quarter against Bucs

DETROIT -- Observed and heard in the locker room following the Detroit Lions' 34-17 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

  • Tight end Brandon Pettigrew was benched for a quarter against the Buccaneers for what Lions coach Jim Caldwell called an unspecified violation of team rules. The Lions started Joseph Fauria in Pettigrew's place, but Pettigrew entered the game at the start of the second quarter and played the rest of the way for Detroit.

    "It was punishment for something that I did," Pettigrew said. "It was a quarter of play that I cost the team. It's over with."

  • George Johnson laughed for a second when he was asked whether he felt bad for Tampa Bay quarterback Josh McCown, who was sacked six times and hit 14 times by the Lions. He said that, yeah, he did feel a little bad for McCown after it was all over.

    "We want to win just as bad as them so you can't feel too bad," Johnson said. "But at the end of the game I can feel bad for him."

  • Wide receiver Corey Fuller was seen on the field exchanging jerseys with Tampa Bay safety Bradley McDougald. While I was unable to ask Fuller the reasoning after the game, the two were at Kansas together at the same time before Fuller transferred to Virginia Tech.