November 20, 2011; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson (39) is tackled by Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker David Hawthorne (57) in the second half at the Edward Jones Dome. Seattle defeated St. Louis 24-7. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

Detroit Lions Considering David Hawthorne at Linebacker


While most Lions fans are attentively waiting word on the future of Stephen Tulloch, the Lions are reportedly splitting their attention between Tulloch and another free agent linebacker.

Hawthorne played in 11 games for the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted rookie in 2008 and has started 41 games over the last three seasons while missing just one.

His ability to play inside or outside would give the Lions coaching staff the flexibility to find the best fit in the middle if Hawthorne comes to town and Tulloch departs. It is also worth noting that the Lions may have room on the depth chart at linebacker even if Tulloch returns considering the expected departure of Bobby Carpenter and Ashlee Palmer.

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