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ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions will be without their second round pick for at least half of his rookie season.
Linebacker Kyle Van Noy, the No. 40 pick in May's draft, was placed on injured reserve/designated to return on Tuesday afternoon as he recovers from core muscle surgery, which he had Thursday. Under short-term injured reserve rules, Van Noy cannot practice for six weeks and won't be eligible to return until Week 9, the Lions' bye.
|The soonest linebacker Kyle Van Noy will play in a game for the Lions this season is Week 10.|
So the soonest Van Noy would play for Detroit this season would be Week 10 against Miami.
On Monday, Lions coach Jim Caldwell said placing Van Noy on the reserve-return list was "certainly" a possibility.
Before his abdominal injury, Van Noy was expected to compete for Detroit's starting SAM linebacker spot, a position now occupied by Tahir Whitehead. At BYU, Van Noy had 226 tackles, 26 sacks, 11 forced fumbles and seven interceptions in his career.
To replace Van Noy on the roster, the Lions re-signed Darryl Tapp, who had been cut by the team Saturday. Tapp has position flexibility at defensive end and outside linebacker as well as special teams usage. The Lions had signed Tapp during March's free agency period from Washington.
The Lions now have five active linebackers on their roster: Whitehead, DeAndre Levy, Stephen Tulloch, Ashlee Palmer and Travis Lewis.