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Stephen Tulloch | Linebacker

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (29) / 1/1/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 245
College: North Carolina State
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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 55 qualifiers. Tulloch is a high floor, low ceiling LB2 option for those in IDP circles. Apr 25 - 12:04 PM

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Lions MLB Stephen Tulloch revealed he played the entire 2012 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.
Mon, Jul 29, 2013 03:00:00 PM

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

Tulloch was held off the stat sheet 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.
Thu, Aug 16, 2012 11:56:00 PM

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.
Tue, Jun 12, 2012 09:08:00 AM

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.
Tue, May 22, 2012 12:49:00 PM

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

"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." Schwartz would only confirm that Tulloch will be sidelined through May, but he's not expected to participate in June minicamp. Tulloch's health is something for IDPers to monitor in the run up to training camp.
Tue, May 22, 2012 08:37:00 AM

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

Initially thought to only be out for OTAs, Tulloch will also miss June minicamp. The good news is that he doesn't need surgery. Though knee tendinitis can linger, Tulloch should be fine in plenty of time for Week 1. The 27-year-old signed a five-year, $25.5 million extension in March and returns as Detroit's top tackler.
Mon, May 21, 2012 09:11:00 PM

MLB Stephen Tulloch isn't participating in Lions OTAs as he deals with a case of knee tendinitis.

Obviously not ideal news, but it isn't believed to be a serious issue. Tulloch was limited in training camp for the Titans in 2009 as he dealt with a knee injury, but has never missed a regular season game in seven NFL campaigns. He'll be a go for camp.
Mon, May 21, 2012 10:44:00 AM

Lions re-signed MLB Stephen Tulloch to a five-year contract.

Details aren't in yet, but it's good bet that Tulloch came close to D'Qwell Jackson's $42.5 million contract after restoring his value with a fine 2011 season in which he led the team in tackles. The Lions did well to retain Tulloch and franchise player Cliff Avril on an improving defense. The Lions have 21-of-22 starters returning from last year's playoff team. Tulloch's signing should put the wheels in motion for the rest of the inside linebackers on the market to begin settling in.
Tue, Mar 20, 2012 04:01:00 PM reports free agent MLB Stephen Tulloch is seeking a contract that will pay him "no less" than $6 million per season.

It's not quite D'Qwell Jackson money, but it's close. Although GM Martin Mayhew said Monday the sides were having "very productive conversations," the Lions are "currently unwilling" to meet Tulloch's monetary demands. They'll host free agent MLB David Hawthorne in a leverage play on Tuesday.
Tue, Mar 20, 2012 11:26:00 AM

Lions GM Martin Mayhew says the team has had "very productive conversations" with free agent MLB Stephen Tulloch.

"We’re very hopeful we can reach an agreement with him sometime soon," Mayhew said at a fan event Monday. "I plan on talking with his agent tonight or tomorrow and we’ll keep trying to get that done." After scanning the market for cheaper alternatives, the Lions appear ready to re-up their 2011 tackle leader.
Mon, Mar 19, 2012 09:40:00 PM

NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reports that the Lions are making a "strong push" to re-sign free agent Stephen Tulloch.

The Lions have flirted with free agent MLB David Hawthorne, but they'd prefer to have Tulloch back. Tulloch is rumored to be seeking D'Qwell Jackson money. The Lions probably won't pay that -- especially in a virtually untouched and still-rich inside linebacker market -- but they don't want him to get away.
Sun, Mar 18, 2012 08:08:00 PM

The Detroit Free Press reports the Lions still hope to re-sign free agent MLB Stephen Tulloch.

Tulloch has yet to so much as even line up a visit in free agency, so it could be a while before he signs a contract. Reportedly seeking a deal greater than the five-year, $42.5 million extension signed by D'Qwell Jackson last month, Tulloch could be misreading the market for the second time in as many years.
Sun, Mar 18, 2012 08:59:00 AM

Free agent MLB Stephen Tulloch is reportedly seeking a long-term deal that will top that of Browns MLB D'Qwell Jackson's five-year, $42.5 million contract.

Jackson also landed $19 million in guarantees and bonuses. Tulloch settled for a one-year, $3.2 million contract last summer after misjudging his market. Tulloch is coming off a fine season, finishing 17th in the NFL in tackles, but he plays the wrong position. With a glut of inside linebackers available, NFL teams are slow-playing the market.
Thu, Mar 15, 2012 02:54:00 PM

Free agent MLB Stephen Tulloch plans to test the open market.

"My family and my situation going on, I just want to continue to play football and get what I deserve, and that's what it boils down to," Tulloch said in a Monday radio interview. "And hopefully, things can work out (in Detroit). If not, I know another team will step in there and do what's right and move forward to win some ballgames." The cap-strapped Lions will have a hard time signing Tulloch to a long-term deal if he reaches free agency.
Mon, Mar 12, 2012 05:06:00 PM

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