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12/30/2012

Brandon Pettigrew returns, Kevin Smith out for Lions vs. Bears


DETROIT — Tight end Brandon Pettigrew will start today for the Detroit Lions against the Chicago Bears after missing two games with an ankle injury. 

 Pettigrew practiced on a limited basis on Friday. It was his first practice since he injured his ankle at Green Bay on Dec. 9.

 Andre Fluellen will start at defensive tackle in place of defensive tackle Sammie Hill (toe) was listed as out on Friday’s injury report and was placed on injured reserve on Saturday.
Defensive tackle Jimmy Saddler-McQueen was signed from the practice squad.

Wide receiver Calvin Johnson (knee/ankle, cornerback Chris Houston (hamstring/hip) and running back Kevin Smith (thumb) were limited in Friday’s practice and listed as probable for the game. Smith is out, but Johnson and Houston will play.

Other inactives are: Kellen Moore, Ricardo Silva, Jason Fox, Corey Hilliard and Ronnell Lewis.

 For the Bears, safety Chris Conte (hamstring) and linebacker Blake Costanzo (calf) were listed as out on Friday. Linebacker Brian Urlacher (hamstring) is inactive along with Josh McCown, Armando Allen, Corey Brandon and Nate Collins.

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