Lions release linebacker Stephen Tulloch

The Loons have released linebacker Stephen Tulloch.
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The Lions have released linebacker Stephen Tulloch, the team announced Tuesday.

Tulloch played in 16 games for the Lions last season, recording 107 tackles, including one sack, and a forced fumble.

“As I have said numerous times since I became head coach of the Lions, Stephen Tulloch has been a consummate professional on and off the field,” coach Jim Caldwell said in a statement. “We thank him for his contributions to the Lions and the Detroit community and wish him the very best in all his future endeavors.”

Originally a fourth-round pick of the Titans in 2006, Tulloch joined the Lions in 2011 after five seasons in Tennessee. Tulloch played in 67 games in his time in Detroit.

Tulloch, 31, signed a five-year deal with the Lions before the 2012 season. He was scheduled to make $7.3 million this season.