Whitehead (pectoral) is active for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports. Whitehead played all but three defensive snaps for the Lions a week ago and should be in store for another vital role in Week 5 with the pectoral injury not keeping him off the field. The 27-year-old has logged 25 tackles, two fumble recoveries and an interception through the Lions' first four games.
Whitehead (pectoral) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Carolina. Whitehead logged 53 of 56 defensive snaps in a Week 4 win over the Vikings, finishing with five tackles and two fumble recoveries in a game Jarrad Davis (neck) missed. Whitehead and Davis were limited practice participants all week, leaving it unclear whether the Lions will have both (or neither) available for Sunday's matchup with the Panthers.
Whitehead is expected to replace Jarrad Davis (concussion) as the starting middle linebacker Sunday against Atlanta, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports. Already a starter at outside linebacker, Whitehead has piled up 13 tackles and an interception through two weeks while logging 73 percent of the defensive snaps. With an every-down role seemingly in the cards for Week 3, he sneakily profiles as one of the better IDP options in the league, at least temporarily. Whitehead had 132 tackles in 15 games while handling a three-down role last season, but he didn't have any sacks, interceptions, forced fumbles or fumble recoveries.
Whitehead was absent from Wednesday's injury report. Whitehead, who suffered a minor knee injury in the third exhibition, should be all systems go for Sunday's season opener against the Cardinals.
Head coach Jim Caldwell implied Whitehead (knee) isn't dealing with a serious injury, Justin Rogers of the Detroit News reports. Lions fans can exhale, as Whitehead truly dodged a bullet if he doesn't need to miss extended time. However, it isn't clear if he'll be ready in time for Week 1.
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