Stephen Tulloch LB DET 5 Months3 Comments

Tulloch tore his ACL on Sunday and is out for the season, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

With Tulloch -- who suffered the injury Sunday while celebrating a sack -- out for the year, look for fellow linebackers DeAndre Levy and Tahir Whitehead to see added opportunities in the Lions' defense going forward.

Stephen Tulloch LB DET 5 Months

Tulloch was removed from Sunday's game against the Packers with a knee injury, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. He returned to the Detroit sideline in street clothes and appears to be done for the day.

Tulloch recorded a sack of Aaron Rodgers in the first quarter but paid a hefty price for it, coming up lame after he leaped to celebrate the takedown. The Lions should have more information regarding the extent of his injury after the game.

Stephen Tulloch LB DET 6 Months

Tulloch made eight tackles, six solo, in Monday's win against the Giants.

Tulloch, who has five-straight season of 100 or more tackles, didn't lead the Lions in stops, that was DeAndre Levy,but had a productive day nonetheless.

Stephen Tulloch LB DET 10 Months

Lions MLB Stephen Tulloch has topped triple-digit total tackles in each of his last five seasons.

The underrated Tulloch was rock solid for the Lions last season, grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 4 inside linebacker out of of 55 qualifiers. Tulloch is a high floor, low ceiling LB2 option for those in IDP circles.

Stephen Tulloch LB DET May 09 '79

Lions MLB Stephen Tulloch revealed he played the entire 2013 season through knee tendinitis.

"Probably one of the hardest years I had to deal with in my career playing through injuries," said Tulloch, who now claims he's feeling "the best I've felt in a long time ... like night and day." Tulloch still racked up 112 tackles and six pass breakups. Improved health should help Tulloch's range this season.

Stephen Tulloch LB DET May 28 '78

Lions MLB Stephen Tulloch has been a full participant in training camp.

Tulloch was held off the statsheet in Detroit's preseason opener, but he got the start after dealing with some knee tendinitis during June minicamp. Consider him fine going forward. Tulloch was the Lions' leading 2011 tackler with 111.

Stephen Tulloch LB DET Mar 23 '78

Lions MLB Stephen Tulloch (left knee tendinitis) isn't participating in this week's minicamp.

Tulloch couldn't put any weight on his left leg as recently as two weeks ago, but has insisted the issue is "nothing major." The odds are increasing that Tulloch won't be ready for the beginning of camp.

Stephen Tulloch LB DET Mar 02 '78

Lions MLB Stephen Tulloch insists his case of left knee tendinitis is "nothing major."

"It's something that you deal with and everybody deals with it," he said. Coach Jim Schwartz revealed Monday that Tulloch required an injection to "settle (his knee) down," and can't put any weight on his left leg. Tulloch is not expected to participate in June minicamp, and may not be 100 percent by training camp.

Stephen Tulloch LB DET Mar 02 '78

Lions MLB Stephen Tulloch (left knee tendinitis) can't put any weight on his left leg.

"He had tendinitis and we did an injection to settle it down," coach Jim Schwartz said. "He's not weight-bearing (on his leg) right now. We will get it settled down and there won't be surgery or anything like that." Schwartz would only confirm that Tulloch will be sidelined through May, but he's not expected to participate in June's minicamp. His health is something for IDP league players to monitor in the run up to training camp.

Stephen Tulloch LB DET Mar 02 '78

Updating an earlier story, Lions MLB Stephen Tulloch (knee tendinitis) is expected to miss the next 3-4 weeks.

Thought to only be out for this month's OTAs, Tulloch will also miss the team's June minicamp, according to coach Jim Schwartz. The good news is that he will not need surgery. A red flag certainly needs to be attached to Tulloch, but he should be fine in plenty of time for Week 1. The 27-year-old signed a five-year, $25.5 million extension in March.