Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew is officially out for Sunday’s game against the N.Y. Giants.
It’s a big loss for the Lions.
Pettigrew injured his ankle on Monday night and couldn’t finish the game. He has not practiced all week.
Coach Jim Schwartz said they will fill his role by committee getting help from tight ends Joe Fauria and Dorin Dickerson, along with others.
Pettigrew plays an all-around game and with his experience is the best blocker among the tight ends.
“He’s a guy that does it all for us. He’s a jack of all trade,’’ quarterback Matthew Stafford said. “A guy that catches the underneath ball, made a great play on a down-the-field ball on a play that dinged him up a little bit. Blocks great in the run game and the pass game.
“I don’t know that there is anybody going in to a game that has from a skill position point more on their plate as far as different things to do and different ways to help our team than he does. Week-in and week-out he’s played at a high level this year,’’ Stafford added.
Also from Friday's injury report: cornerback Darius Slay (knee) is doubtful; Calvin Johnson (knee), DeAndre Levy (foot), Chris Houston (toe) and Rashean Mathis (illness) are questionable. Everyone else is probable.