Video: Detroit LB Stephen Tulloch Tears ACL While Celebrating Sack, Out For Season

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Monday, September 22nd, 2014 | 0


The Detroit Lions made a big statement in the NFC North yesterday (Sun., September 21, 2014) with a smothering win over division rival Green Bay.

Their defense looked absolutely outstanding in the win, putting a ton of pressure on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and stifling their running game to the point of ineffectiveness.

However, the victory was not without its price. Middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch foolishly injured his knee while celebrating a sack of Rodgers. Here is the play that tore his ACL and forced him out for the rest of the 2014 season (courtesy of Vine):

Detroit looked good yesterday, but there is still a ton of football left to played this year. The Lions will need each and every key cog of their defense if they want their success to continue on through the fall and into the winter.

Tulloch will no longer be a piece of that puzzle. Speaking after the game, the linebacker expressed his disappointment at the disappointing set of circumstances:

“It’s unfortunate, man, you’re passionate about the game,” Tulloch said. “You want to get up and celebrate and it happened.”

We’ve seen this type of thing happen before when Arizona kicker Bill Gramatica tore his ACL jumping to celebrate a made field goal, but this one has to be classified as nothing more than a freak occurrence.

Tulloch had never missed a single game in his nine-year NFL career, and he’s undoubtedly taken a ton of punishment thorughout that time span. His presence will be missed over the middle. Detroit moved DeAndre Levy over to the middle to take Tulloch’s place for the time being.

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