Nick Fairley, Brandon Pettigrew Unlikely to Face Arizona Cardinals

Nov 22, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew (87) catches a pass in the overtime of the Thanksgiving day game against the Houston Texans at Ford Field. Houston Texans defeated the Detroit Lions 34-31. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

It’s important for the Detroit Lions, collectively and individually, to close out this disappointing season with a strong finish. It looks like two important players won’t get that chance, at least as it concerns the upcoming game against the Arizona Cardinals.

The Detroit Lions released their final injury report of the week and listed Nick Fairley and Brandon Pettigrew as doubtful to play. Fairley has a shoulder injury while Pettigrew has been slowed by an ankle. Neither player practiced at all this week.

Fairley has played well this season, seemingly improving as the season progressed and his playing time increased. Pettigrew, meanwhile, has been maddeningly inconsistent and could have used a game against the Cardinals in hopes of finding a rhythm.

Another name to watch for when the list of inactive players is released tomorrow afternoon is Louis Delmas. He only got in a limited practice on Thursday and was held out on Friday. Delmas may give it a go as long as that was for rest and not a sore knee.

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If he does play, the Lions may limit his snaps in an attempt to get him out with as little additional wear and tear on his body as possible.

Don Carey (knee), Chris Houston (hamstring), Calvin Johnson (knee), Jacob Lacey (foot/Achilles) and Corey Hilliard (knee) round out the injury report and are listed as probable.

The NFL defines game status designations as follos:
Out = Player will not play
Doubtful = 25% chance a player will play
Questionable = 50% chance a player will play
Probable = 75% chance a player will play

Topics: Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions, Louis Delmas, Nick Fairley

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