Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch is expected to miss at least the rest of the month of May because of knee tendinitis. The injury resulted in him being on crutches last week, and after having an injection, the decision was made to shut Tulloch down for a couple weeks at the least.
Although Jim Schwartz expects that Tulloch will miss "something like" three or four weeks because of the ailment, Tulloch is hoping to be back before then. Specifically, Tulloch would like to be back in time for the Lions' minicamp from June 12-14. He isn't going to rush things, though.
"It’s just a little spot," he said. "The whole knee is perfectly fine, it’s just one spot, which is important 'cause it’s your get-off. I just want to take precautions when it comes to that, so I can give 100% effort throughout the season and not have to worry about it. It’s something that Coach decided to hold me out and rest and get ready for the season."
According to Dave Birkett, Ashlee Palmer filled in for Tulloch at middle linebacker during Monday's OTA session. Come training camp, Palmer may be in a battle to keep his spot on the team with the Lions drafting a pair of linebackers in April, but for now he is apparently the top backup at middle linebacker. (It's worth noting that DeAndre Levy is also capable of filling in at MLB, and if this were during the season and Tulloch had to miss a game, I'd imagine Levy would replace him.)