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Stephen Tulloch returns fully to Lions' practice

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Stephen Tulloch has been saying for weeks he is healthy coming off ACL surgery last season, the first major injury of his career. On Tuesday, the Detroit Lions linebacker was finally able to prove it.

Tulloch participated fully in the team’s first organized activity of the offseason, according to the team’s website.

“I’m doing everything,” Tulloch told the team’s website. “I’m able to run around and make calls and make checks and get back to being a middle linebacker.”

Tulloch tore the ACL celebrating a sack of Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers during the third week of the season. It forced him to miss games for the first time in his career and had the Lions shift their defense a little bit -- leaving DeAndre Levy to make calls and inserting both Tahir Whitehead and Josh Bynes into Tulloch’s vacant middle linebacker slot.

With Tulloch back, he’ll regain control of making calls and his position, sending Tahir Whitehead into a competition with Kyle Van Noy for the SAM linebacker spot and placing Bynes in a reserve/special-teams role.

The media will get their first viewing of the Lions this offseason Wednesday.