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Lions notes: Tahir Whitehead, DeAndre Levy, more

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Lions notes looks at Tahir Whitehead, DeAndre Levy, tidbits from Wednesday's practice and much more.

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  • With Stephen Tulloch out on Wednesday, Tahir Whitehead got No. 1 reps as the Detroit Lions' middle linebacker. Whitehead apparently started practicing in the middle this month in order to be a more versatile linebacker after spending his first two years in the NFL at the outside spots.

  • DeAndre Levy has been focusing on playing weakside linebacker this offseason.

  • It sounds like Levy had another interesting offseason away from the football field.
  • The Lions have started using a "ladder cam" to provide another view of Matthew Stafford's mechanics and decision-making.

  • Golden Tate has missed some practice time lately because of a shoulder injury, but he fully expects to be ready for training camp next month.

  • Chris Houston has been in his home state of Texas while recovering from toe surgery, according to Darius Slay.

  • Ryan Broyles and Eric Ebron both had some nice catches on Wednesday, according to Dave Birkett.

  • Larry Warford was great as a rookie, but he wants to be even better in his sophomore season in the NFL.

  • Ndamukong Suh is apparently going to be on an episode of Discovery Channel's "American Muscle," a new show based around athletes working out with Mike Barwis at his training center in Plymouth Township. (Barwis was Michigan's director of strength and conditioning when Rich Rodriguez was the school's head football coach.)

  • Jeremy Ross spent some time this offseason training with the likes of Maurice Jones-Drew and Justin Forsett at Cal, his alma mater.

  • Gunther Cunningham likes what he's seen from the Lions' new defensive scheme and new coaching staff.