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ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew has issued a statement apologizing for his action that resulted in him pushing an official in Sunday nights loss at New Orleans.
The statement, released Tuesday afternoon by the Lions, might be interpreted as an attempt by Pettigrew to avoid suspension by the NFL for making contact with an official.
Late in the game, Pettigrew was jostling with a Saints defender and wound up shoving an official who was between the two players.
Pettigrew drew a penalty on the play for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Coach Jim Schwartz said at his Monday press conference that he doesnt expect the NFL to suspend Pettigrew.
Pettigrews statement is as follows:
"I want to sincerely apologize to my teammates, my coaches, the Lions organization, fans and the NFL for my actions during the game on Sunday. In the heat of competition, I allowed my emotions to get the best of me. I know better and my unintentional mistake cost my team. I've never acted this way before and it won't happen again. I am fully committed to helping the Detroit Lions win with class and in a manner that our fans will respect."
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