Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew “ahead of the game” on ACL recovery

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Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew has experienced what it’s like to recover from an torn ACL before, after suffering his first ACL injury on Thanksgiving of his rookie season back in 2009. The former 1st round pick went on to have one of the best seasons of his career with 71 catches for 722 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Once again Pettigrew is in the midst of another recovery after tearing his ACL in week 14 against St. Louis.

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It is encouraging for Pettigrew that he has gone through this before, and he is expecting to be back by the start of training camp this season.

“I will be there in training camp,” he said. “The start of training camp, I’ll be there.”

While Pettigrew isn’t the primary receiving target he once was, evident by his 17 catches the past two seasons, he is still one of the better edge blocking options on Detroit’s roster and he could play an important role in offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter’s offensive scheme.

“You’re probably going to be used for your strengths,” Pettigrew said of his role moving forward in Jim Bob Cooter’s offense. “That’s the way we’re going to try to build this team up. I still look at myself as a complete

Pettigrew remains optimistic that his exact role on the team will be defined once training camp arrives.