Lions coach Jim Caldwell told reporters that tight end Brandon Pettigrew tore his ACL again, ruling him out for the remainder of the season, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. Even though this is a lost season for the Lions, it’s unfortunate news for the seven-year veteran.
The Lions and Pettigrew agreed to a four-year contract prior to the 2014 season worth $16MM, including $8MM in guaranteed money. As a result, the 30-year-old (31 in February) is slated to be under contract with Detroit through the end of the 2017 season. Even though Pettigrew is well-compensated by the Lions, he’s certainly hoping for a turnaround as the team has slumped to a 4-9 mark this season.
Pettigrew, who had 71 receptions in 2010 and 83 in 2011, was one of the top tight ends to reach the unrestricted free agent market in the spring of 2014. The Lions successfully outbid the Jets, Raiders, Chiefs, and other clubs interested in his services. In eight games this season, Pettigrew has notched just seven receptions for 67 yards and one score.