Tight ends Joe Fauria and
The Lions have ruled out tight end Brandon Pettigrew for Sunday's game against the New York Giants at Ford Field, which means Fauria and Dickerson are in line for more reps.
Fauria has had a big impact in the red zone this season, with seven touchdowns on 12 catches, but his responsibilities will reach far beyond being a big red zone target on Sunday.
"He’s going to have to extend that success," head coach Jim Schwartz said Friday of Fauria. "He can’t just be in the red zone. It’s going to have to be on third down and first and second down."
Pettigrew left Monday’s loss against Baltimore with an ankle injury after getting twisted up following a crucial 18-yard catch at the end of the game. He did not return. Pettigrew is the team’s third-leading receiver with 41 catches this year, but his presence could be most missed as a blocker in the run game and on pass protection.
The Lions are likely going to be without cornerback
Levy is the only one on that list who didn’t practice this week, but defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham said he’d be surprised if Levy doesn't play.