The Detroit Lions have decided on Stephen Tulloch‘s replacement at middle linebacker. Originally, it was thought that DeAndre Levy would take over at middle linebacker as he had played that position early in his NFL career and he replaced Tulloch in Sunday’s game. Coach Jim Caldwell, though, does not want to interrupt Levy’s terrific play by moving him around too much. Instead, Tahir Whitehead will take over that spot and Ashlee Palmer will take over Tahir Whitehead‘s spot on the outside in non-nickel packages.
Losing Tulloch is a big blow to this defense but Whitehead emerged in the preseason. If Whitehead can play well, he will minimize the loss of Tulloch and the team should keep playing well defensively. Add to that the level of play the defensive line has played at and Whitehead should fill in just fine.