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Lions injury report: Updates on Stephen Tulloch, others

The Detroit Lions may have won on Sunday, but they lost Stephen Tulloch to a potentially serious injury.

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UPDATE: Stephen Tulloch is out for the season with a torn ACL.

The Detroit Lions came away with a big win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, but they suffered more injuries in the process. They were already a pretty banged-up team going into Sunday's game, and they came out of their win over the Packers even more injured on the defensive side of the ball.

The most significant injury involves starting middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch. He left the game after suffering a knee injury while celebrating a sack. It was a non-contact injury, and there is some concern that he may have torn his ACL.

Jim Caldwell didn't have any news on Tulloch's injury after Sunday's game. Caldwell did say that he didn't have a problem with Tulloch celebrating like he did since he wants his players to have "enthusiasm," but this could be a pretty costly injury for the Lions. We should know more about the severity of the injury after Tulloch has an MRI on Monday.

In other injury news, safety Don Carey made it all of two snaps before he reinjured his hamstring. Carey started the game as the Lions' nickelback, and he returned a fumble for a touchdown on his second snap. That was it for him, though. He had been out several weeks with a hamstring injury before Sunday's game, and now he's dealing with yet another hamstring injury.

With the Lions losing Carey, they had to use a combination of Danny Gorrer and Mohammed Seisay at nickelback. The hope at this point is that Carey will have a quick recovery and be ready to play by next Sunday or that Cassius Vaughn will return from an ankle injury. It doesn't exactly sound promising for Vaughn, though.

For those keeping score at home, Bill Bentley, Nevin Lawson, Vaughn and Carey have all gone down at nickelback for the Lions this season. Between all of those injuries and Tulloch's injury, the depth is really being tested on defense. The Lions have done a good job so far of surviving all of these injuries, but they could really use some good luck on the injury front going forward.

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