Pettigrew (knee) was waived from the Lions' reserve/non-football injury list Friday.
Pettigrew's release comes as expected, and will now enable to him sign with another team. Although the 2009 first-rounder is reportedly fully healthy, he hasn't played this season and boasts just 17 receptions from the two campaigns prior.
The Lions are expected to release Pettigrew (knee) in the near future, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
One day removed from his placement on the reserve/non-football injury list, Pettigrew's stall in the locker room was empty and sans nameplate Wednesday. Although Pettigrew is believed to be healthy, the Lions apparently are moving forward with Eric Ebron as their top tight end. Once the release is finalized, Pettigrew will likely land with another organization to serve as depth.
Pettigrew was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list at the beginning of the season as he continued to nurse an ACL tear he suffered almost a year ago. The tight end returned to practice two weeks ago but was never activated off the PUP list, which doesn't bode well for his chances to play this season.
The activity marks Pettigrew's first since tearing the ACL in his left knee last Dec. 13. A resident of the PUP list since training camp kicked off, his window to receive clearance for game action has been opened, giving the Lions 21 days to determine whether that comes to fruition. If it does, he'll serve as a blocking complement to starting tight end Eric Ebron.
Pettigrew (knee) returned to practice Tuesday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
The Lions had to decide whether to activate Pettigrew from the PUP list or place him on injured reserve by Tuesday, and they opted for the former. It seems unlikely Pettigrew will be able to play this week with the Lions playing Thursday, but it should not be long before he is able to get on the field. When he does, he will slot in as a reserve tight end behind starter Eric Ebron.
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