Stephen Tulloch “way ahead of schedule” in ACL rehab, hopes he stays with Lions

AP

Linebacker Stephen Tulloch was lost for the season early in 2014 when he tore his ACL while celebrating a sack, but he said Sunday that he’s on track for a full return this year.

Tulloch told Alex Marvez and Zig Fracassi of Sirius XM NFL Radio that he’s “way ahead of schedule” in his return from the knee injury and that he feels like his knee may be stronger than it was before he got hurt. He also said he hopes that he’ll be back playing behind defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh next season.

That may be about more than just the Lions re-signing Suh. Tulloch, who has a cap hit of $5.8 million, was asked about the possibility that the team might look in his direction to provide more money to put toward signing Suh. He said neither he nor his agents had heard anything from the team to suggest he won’t be there for the start of offseason workouts.

“I hope I am [back with the Lions]. I hope my body of work speaks for itself,” Tulloch said. “I’ve put a lot of work in this team and I’ve been there through it all. It’s the first time in my career I’ve ever been on this side with the unknown, but I know the organization will do what’s best for them.”

The Lions would save $3.2 million by releasing Tulloch, something that seems like an option after they had one of the best defenses in the league with Tahir Whitehead starting in Tulloch’s place last season.

13 responses to “Stephen Tulloch “way ahead of schedule” in ACL rehab, hopes he stays with Lions

  1. You never see a player or his agent say they are “way behind schedule” concerning their injury rehab. That Dr. Andrews guy always says his clients are ahead of schedule too. For some reason they think it sounds good and that people actually believe it.

    It was a stupid action that caused his injury so any progress is actually behind where he should be.

  2. Tulloch’s fate is probably tied to Suh’s, but, either way, that’s a lot of money to tie up on an older player who missed most of the preceding season. If Suh wants to sign in Detroit, Tulloch may have to renegotiate or be cut in order to fit Suh under the cap. If Suh leaves, the Lions may need Tulloch’s salary slot to rebuild the defensive line. The resolution of the Suh situation can’t come fast enough around here so the team can start to clarify a plan for the rest of the offseason.

  3. Cut him some slack. Playing the Packers is like getting to the Super Bowl for the Lions (since they’ll never get to the real thing). Of course you’re going to celebrate a sack during your Super Bowl.

  4. Maybe this idiot will act like he has been there before when he sacks a guy from now on.

    This “idiot” makes more money in a couple years than you will in your entire life and would beat you down bad with his strong arm tied behind his back if you called him that to his face but it must be awesome to be such an internet tough guy anyway

  5. megatronownsyou says:
    Mar 1, 2015 5:08 PM
    Maybe this idiot will act like he has been there before when he sacks a guy from now on.

    This “idiot” makes more money in a couple years than you will in your entire life and would beat you down bad with his strong arm tied behind his back if you called him that to his face but it must be awesome to be such an internet tough guy anyway

    Thats all well and good he is still an idiot tho, idiots also make money well thanks to his ability.

  6. Yeah I think you have to be at least marginally intelligent to read NFL offenses but that’s just me. In Tulloch’s case you don’t have to take my word for it you can listen to him being interviewed or maybe just consider the fact that he has a bachelors degree to know that he isn’t an idiot. My point was more how amusing all these internet tough guys on PFT are to me but you must have missed that. Intelligence has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that he had a freak accident. I really shouldn’t have to explain that to you though.

  7. Megatron you make a good point that he got injured based on a freak injury, but you seem to forget this dude was celebrating a meaningless sack, and that is where i question his situational awareness.

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