Practice report: All three tight ends work out again

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Jim Caldwell was still a bit coy Friday morning when assessing his situation at tight end with the Detroit Lions.

Maybe he didn't want to give away too much about whether Brandon Pettigrew, Joseph Fauria and Eric Ebron would be playing Sunday against Miami. Or maybe he is still in a position where he just doesn't know.

But all three tight ends practiced again Friday, at least giving them a shot to have a full complement of offensive starters for the first time since the first week of the season. He is hopeful, though, at least one if not two of those three players will be available.

"Hopefully," Caldwell said. "In particular when you're dealing with injuries, as you all well know, every single day is a little bit different because they may practice one day but it depends on how they feel the next day, what kind of load that they took on.

"So every day is kind of a monitoring situation to see how they do the next. So we're in that phase right now."

Caldwell wouldn't say Fauria is the most likely candidate to be ready, although he has been the only one of the three to practice every day this week.

The one guarantee for Detroit is, if needed, Kellen Davis should be good to go since he was kept on the roster and is the Lions' only truly healthy tight end. Handicapping it otherwise, I'd say Fauria is a decent bet to play, followed by Pettigrew and then Ebron.

It is entirely possible the Lions end up with Fauria, Pettigrew and Davis all available on Sunday, but nowhere near a guarantee at this point considering both Fauria and Pettigrew are dealing with tricky ankle and foot injuries.

The only Detroit player not at practice Friday was defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who is not playing after a knee injury.