Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew suspended one quarter vs. Bucs

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Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew was suspended for the first quarter of the Lions’ 34-17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, reports Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Pettigrew was suspended for an unspecified violation of team rules but refused to go into details.

"It was punishment for something that I did. It's over with," Pettigrew said. "Just a quarter. Back to business."

Pettigrew, who has 10 catches for 70 yards this season, did not catch a pass and was not targeted in the game. He entered the game at the beginning of the second quarter.

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Rookie tight end Eric Ebron took Pettigrew's place in the lineup, catching three passes for 28 yards. Backup tight end Joseph Fauria caught two passes for 17 yards and a touchdown.

The victory over the Buccaneers moved Detroit to 9-4, second place in the NFC North. Detroit takes on the Minnesota Vikings next week.

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