Lions place rookie linebacker Kyle Van Noy on short-term IR

Posted Sep 2, 2014

The Detroit Lions placed rookie linebacker Kyle Van Noy on the Reserve/Injured-Designated for Return list Tuesday afternoon.

Kyle Van Noy’s rookie season isn’t starting out like he hoped.

Kyle Van NoyLB Kyle Van Noy (Photo: Detroit Lions)

In a perfect world, the rookie second-round pick would be getting ready for his NFL debut against the New York Giants at Ford Field on Monday night, but it's not a matter of if injuries happen in the NFL, it's a matter of when.

The Lions placed the talented linebacker on the Reserve/Injured-Designated for Return list Tuesday afternoon.

The short-term injured reserve designation means Van Noy cannot practice for the first six weeks of the season. After Week 6 he can return to the practice field and the Lions can activate him after Week 8.

Van Noy felt soreness in his core muscle in a walkthrough the day before the team’s third preseason game against Jacksonville and was held out of the game the next day. He saw a specialist early last week and had surgery last Thursday to fix the problem.

The team signed veteran defensive end/linebacker Darryl Tapp to take Van Noy’s spot on the roster. Tapp was one of the final players cut on Saturday when the team trimmed its roster down from 75 to 53.

Van Noy was drafted to play a versatile role in Teryl Austin’s defense as a SAM linebacker. Coaches and teammates will now have to wait a couple months to see his multidimensional skill set in action.

Third-year linebacker Tahir Whitehead will start at SAM linebacker to begin the season.