Detroit Lions Linebacker Injured Celebrating Play


Detroit Lions Linebacker Stephen Tulloch got a little too excited after a play in today’s game against the Packers:

Most Detroit Lions play ever?

Linebacker Stephen Tulloch, who actually is a pretty darned good player, decided that he needed to celebrate teammate Ziggy Ansah’s tackle. After a two-yard gain. A good play. Not a great one.

The problem? Tulloch came down awkardly on his knee and left the game. His return was listed as questionable.

At the very least, his pride was injured, because this is likely to end up on blooper reels for some time to come:

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  1. Dixiesdad says:

    I would say same old Lions, but they did win the game

  2. Andrei Vfeked says:

    As a member of the Detroit Lions for the past few seasons, his celebration muscles were probably not ready for the sudden strain. Injury was inevitable.

  3. JWH says:

    Pfeh. He’s no Gus Frerotte. Now, THERE was a player who knew how to use his head.

  4. Just 'nutha' ig'rant cracker says:

    It’s hard to see, but I’m having difficulty seeing how that movement strained his knee–unless being 300 or so pounds had something to do with it.

  5. Tyrell says:

    Someone will blame this on Commissioner Goodell and demand that he step down.

  6. Neil Hudelson says:


    Yeah that’s a really clever and entirely accurate comment. You are really good at taking a complex view of an increasingly complex world. This is pretty much the same thing as another player beating his fiance unconscious and then dragging her by her legs to their hotel room, so I’m sure Goodell will definitely be “blamed.”

  7. Franklin says:

    His knee had it coming to him?

  8. David in KC says:

    John Madden: You know, there’s a rule in sports, “Don’t do anything great if you can’t handle the congratulations.”

  9. C. Clavin says:

    Not the first time this has happened….won’t be the last.

    If Goodell had completely mis-managed the investigation into this knee abuse, protecting the knee abuser and showing almost no concern for the knee itself, until he could no longer deny the public outrage at the heinousness of the knee abuse…then yeah…he should go.
    Unless it’s Obama’s fault.

  10. al-Ameda says:

    Let this be a lesson to all you kids out there:

    If he had been taking performance enhancing drugs this wouldn’t have happened to him – he probably would have injured someone else during the celebration.