Brandon Pettigrew (ankle) out

Updated: December 20, 2013, 4:48 PM ET
By Michael Rothstein | ESPN.com

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions will be without one of Matthew Stafford's more familiar offensive options Sunday.

Tight end Brandon Pettigrew, who has been with the Lions as long as Stafford, has been officially ruled out of Sunday's home finale against the New York Giants due to an ankle injury.

"The contingency is to have the next two guys ready to go," Detroit offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said. "Joe [Fauria]'s been in the system all year. Dorin [Dickerson] has done a really nice job of picking up what we're doing. We've done extra tackle stuff before, so that's not new to us."

Expect Fauria, a rookie who has seven touchdown catches this season, to start in place of Pettigrew and for Dickerson to be used in two-tight end sets.

There's a chance the Lions could use offensive lineman Dylan Gandy for blocking situations and leave lineman Rodney Austin active as an extra blocker. Austin worked on catching passes this week.

Pettigrew has 41 catches for 416 yards and two touchdowns this season and was the Lions' only true multipurpose tight end.

Beyond Pettigrew, wide receiver Calvin Johnson is officially listed as questionable with a knee injury along with starting linebacker DeAndre Levy (foot) and starting cornerbacks Rashean Mathis (illness) and Chris Houston (toe).

Cornerback Darius Slay, who has not practiced all week as he recovers from a torn meniscus, is doubtful.

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ESPN Detroit Lions reporter

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