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Lions running tests on Nick Fairley's shoulder, Brandon Pettigrew's ankle

The Detroit Lions' Brandon Pettigrew and Nick Fairley both suffered injuries in Sunday night's game against the Green Bay Packers.

Jonathan Daniel

Two Detroit Lions players were unable to finish Sunday night's game against the Green Bay Packers. One player's absence was notable, whereas I didn't even know that the other player got hurt until Jim Schwartz brought it up on Monday.

Let's start with the noticeable absence. Tight end Brandon Pettigrew exited Sunday night's game in the first quarter. He didn't return, resulting in Will Heller filling in for him. Pettigrew suffered a left ankle injury and was seen with a walking boot after the game. On Monday, Schwartz indicated that Pettigrew still needed to undergo further tests before the Lions could share his status going forward.

The other, less noticeable injury happened to defensive tackle Nick Fairley. He departed the game toward the end of the night with a shoulder injury. Once again, Schwartz said that Fairley was undergoing tests to determine the extent of the injury.

At this point, it's not clear what the severity is of either injury. Considering how little depth the Lions have at wide receiver/tight end and how well Fairley has been playing, it would be a tough blow if either is out for an extended period of time. (Extended in this case being more than a week considering the season is almost over.)

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