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Lions put Brandon Pettigrew on IR

Updated: December 25, 2013, 5:26 PM ET
By Michael Rothstein | ESPN.com

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions have placed starting tight end Brandon Pettigrew on injured reserve, ending his season half a week before it would have ended anyway.

Pettigrew injured his ankle in Week 15 against Baltimore and did not practice last week or play against the New York Giants on Sunday.

"It's interesting the way the tight ends have gone on both teams," Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said. "[Minnesota] lost [Kyle] Rudolph, and then they just lost [John] Carlson. You'd ...

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