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Last season’s starting middle linebacker has been replaced by a rookie and moved to the weakside, but that doesn’t weaken his resolve
Detroit Lions linebacker Tahir Whitehead hardly looked a man who was sullen or slighted after having his job taken away from him.
Whitehead signed autographs, spoke with fans and readily stopped to answer questions about being moved from middle linebacker to weak-side linebacker after the first day of training camp. It’s a bit of a demotion since the middle linebacker is the quarterback of the defense, getting calls from coaches and aligning players.
But Whitehead didn’t look or sound like someone who felt slighted.
“For what?” he said. “No. I’ve got to do what’s best for the team.”
And that started by returning to the field after missing the entire spring with a knee injury that required surgery. Whitehead looked happy and healthy darting around the field again playing next to his replacement at middle linebacker, first-round draft pick Jarrad Davis.
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“It feels good, man,” Whitehead said. “Just being out there, obviously missing OTAs you miss being out there with the guys and it just feels good to be back.”
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