The Detroit Lions have activated Kyle Van Noy from the short term injured reserve list. Van Noy, who was the Lions second round pick, has been out since suffering a hernia during the pre-season. At the time of his injury, he was competing with Ashlee Palmer for a starting spot at outside linebacker opposite DeAndre Levy. Since his injury, Tahir Whitehead has outplayed Palmer and taken the starting spot at outside linebacker. That was, of course, before Stephen Tulloch suffered his season ending knee injury. That injury pushed Whitehead to inside linebacker and allowed Palmer to play more outside. With Van Noy’s return, it is not exactly clear where he will fit in. He will likely rotate in with Palmer and possibly Whitehead on given situations. Van Noy is best suited to be a rush linebacker so he will likely play in situational pass rushing plays. With how well the defense has played thus far, it is likely that he does not play much for a few weeks until he is caught up on the playbook.