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Lions put Brandon Pettigrew on IR, claim Micheal Spurlock off waivers

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Brandon Pettigrew's season is officially over with the Detroit Lions putting him on IR on Christmas.

Jason Miller

After tight end Brandon Pettigrew was not able to practice on Wednesday, the Detroit Lions decided to bring his season to an end. He was placed on injured reserve on Christmas because of an ankle injury that he suffered against the Baltimore Ravens last week. There was no expectation that Pettigrew was going to play in Sunday's season finale, so he's now on injured reserve.

Interestingly, the Lions didn't add a tight end to take Pettigrew's spot on the roster. Instead, they brought back wide receiver Micheal Spurlock by claiming him off waivers. He was released by the Lions earlier this month, and he later spent some time with the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas just released him on Tuesday to make room for Jon Kitna (yes, that Jon Kitna).

Pettigrew was far from the only player out during Wednesday's practice. Here's the Lions' full injury report from Christmas Day:

RB Joique Bell (knee) - Did not practice
WR Calvin Johnson (knee) - Did not practice
TE Dorin Dickerson (concussion) - Did not practice
OT LaAdrian Waddle (ankle) - Did not practice
DE Israel Idonije (neck) - Limited in practice
LB DeAndre Levy (foot) - Did not practice
CB Bill Bentley (concussion) - Did not practice
CB Chris Houston (toe) - Limited in practice
CB Darius Slay (knee) - Limited in practice
CB Rashean Mathis (illness) - Fully practiced
S Louis Delmas (knee) - Did not practice
S John Wendling (ankle) - Did not practice