Whitehead (undisclosed) is still rehabbing this week but is making good progress, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
The back is also dealing with some personal issues at the moment, which may lead to an absence during minicamp. Nonetheless, head coach Jim Caldwell is happy with the progress the linebacker is making after not participating in OTAs due to an undisclosed injury.
Whitehead (undisclosed) is present but not participating in OTAs, ESPN's Michael Rothstein reports.
Whitehead seems to be injured in some capacity, but the details aren't clear. When healthy he's expected to compete for a starting outside linebacker job with offseason acquisition Paul Worrilow, Brandon Copeland and Antwione Williams.
Whitehead is in the final year of his contract in Detroit after racking up a career-high 132 tackles in 2016. Despite logging double-digit tackles in nine games last year, the team was expected to bring in competition at linebacker, which came in the form of Jarrad Davis during the draft.
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.
|P1||8/13/17||@ IND||1:30 pm|
|P4||8/31/17||@ BUF||7:00 pm|
|2||9/18/17||@ NYG||8:30 pm|
|4||10/1/17||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|6||10/15/17||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 7|
|9||11/6/17||@ GB||8:30 pm|
|11||11/19/17||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|