Stephen Tulloch suffers season-ending ACL injury

Posted Sep 22, 2014

LB Stephen Tulloch suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the rest of the 2014 season, Jim Caldwell confirmed Monday.

And the beat goes on when it comes to serious injuries suffered by the Detroit Lions.

Middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch suffered a torn ACL in his left knee Sunday vs. Green Bay and will miss the rest of the 2014 season, head coach Jim Caldwell confirmed Monday.

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Tulloch suffered the injury celebrating a third-down sack of quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the first quarter of the Lions' 19-7 win over the Green Bay Packers.

“Obviously he’s disappointed,” Caldwell said. “He’s been one of our fine team leaders, but obviously he’ll still be around helping our guys with a little instruction and things of that nature.

“Hopefully he'll have a great healing process and be ready to go for us in the future.”

Tulloch, who has never missed a game in a nine-year career, returned to the field for the next defensive series, but lasted just one play.

He will undergo surgery, and the team intends to place him on injured reserve.

The Lions have already suffered season-ending injuries to cornerbacks Bill Bentley and Nevin Lawson and right tackle Corey Hilliard. Rookie linebacker Kyle Van Noy is on short-term injured reserve and safety James Ihedigbo has yet to play this year with a pinched nerve in his neck.

DeAndre Levy filled Tulloch's role making the defensive calls on Sunday, and he and Tahir Whitehead will have to now play a more prominent role in that linebacker corps.

Ashlee Palmer, a starter last year, will likely take over as the Lions' third linebacker. Van Noy returns from a core muscle injury after the team's bye week.