As has been the norm most of the season, Whitehead again notched double-digit tackle numbers en route to what wound up as the overall game high. While the fifth-year linebacker will subsequently finish the 2016 campaign with a team-high 132 tackles, he pathetically graded out as the NFL's second-worst linebacker, per Pro Football Focus via Kyle Meinke of MLive.com. As linebacker remains an area of concern for Detroit -- especially with DeAndre Levy's (knee) long-term health in question -- don't be surprised if the team brings in competition for Whitehead's starting spot during the offseason.
Whitehead has now recorded 12 tackles in five of his last 10 games while averaging just six stops in the games in which he's failed to reach double-digits. His volatility makes him a high-upside IDP option.
Whitehead recorded six tackles in Sunday's 20-17 victory over the Bears.
Whitehead returned from a one game-absence which was a result of a knee injury and was not his usually productive self. However, he'll likely trend back up towards his double-digit tackle ways as he further distances himself from his setback.
Whitehead will return following a one-game absence due to a minor knee issue, and he'll look to add to his already impressive 2016 campaign, which includes seven games of double-digit tackles.
Whitehead (knee) is ruled out of Sunday's game against the Saints, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
Whitehead, the Lions' clear leading tackler, will miss his first game of the season, leaving Josh Bynes and Antwione Williams as the Lions' only options at middle linebacker against the league's top-rated offense in yards per game.
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