By Ashley Dunkak
CBS DETROIT – The Detroit Lions announced Tuesday that they have placed rookie linebacker Kyle Van Noy on short-term injured reserve while he recovers from surgery to repair a core muscle injury.
Players placed on short-term injured reserve may return to practice after six weeks and may play in games after eight weeks, so for at least half of the season, Detroit will be without the services of its second-round draft pick.
Van Noy was expected to challenge for a starting role this season, but the injury obviously makes that unlikely to happen now. Instead, holding down the fort at linebacker will be veterans Stephen Tulloch and DeAndre Levy along with 24-year-old Tahir Whitehead, who make headlines with a three-sack, 10-tackle game this preseason.
Since placing a player on short-term injured reserve frees up a roster spot, the Lions have added back defensive end Darryl Tapp, who was cut from the roster Saturday.