ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter is reporting that the Detroit Lions have waived former first-round pick Brandon Pettigrew.

Pettigrew has not played since tearing his ACL in December 2015. He spent the entire off-season rehabbing and was place on the physically unable to perform list this summer.

Earlier in the week, he was placed on the non-footbaIl injury list which indicated the writing was on the wall. It was never clear as to why the Lions moved him to the NFI list and his locker was cleared out shortly after.

The Lions seem to be content at the tight end position as Eric Ebron is on pace to have the best season of his early career.

In 93 games with Detroit Pettigrew caught 301 passes for 2,965 yards and 17 touchdowns. The former Oklahoma State Cowboy was drafted 20th overall in the 2009 draft.