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Tulloch on celebration that tore his ACL: 'I'd do it again'

Stephen Tulloch suffered a punch-line injury in Week 3 when the Detroit Lions' linebacker tore his ACL celebrating a sack of Aaron Rodgers while mimicking the quarterback's "Discount Double Check" move.

The linebacker told the Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett he has no regrets about the celebration that ended his season.

"Hell, no," Tulloch said at a benefit for his foundation on Friday night. "I'd do it again, brother. You do it every time. If it's going to happen, it's going to happen. Just a matter of time."

Tulloch wasn't on crutches and said he had no swelling or pain in the knee. The 29-year-old will undergo surgery next week.

The nine-year veteran will miss the first game of his career Sunday when the Lions visit the New York Jets.

"I've played a long time in this league and I understand you're susceptible to this kind of injury when you go out there and play," Tulloch said. "Nine years without missing a game is kind of crazy, but like I said I'm positive because I believe in my hard work, I believe in my training and what I do in the off-season and how I approach things, so I know I'll be back even better than before."

Tahir Whitehead will make his first career start at middle linebacker in place of Tulloch, with Ashlee Palmer taking over the strong-side linebacker position.

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