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The Lions have reportedly found a linebacker to fill Stephen Tulloch's spot on the 53-man roster.

Josh Bynes, who is currently on the Baltimore Ravens practice squad, will join the Lions this week, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Like cornerback Danny Gorrer last week, the Lions found a player who has experience with Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, who spent the past three years coaching Baltimore's defensive backs.

An undrafted free agent out of Auburn in 2011, Bynes played 26 games for the Ravens from 2011-13, including nine starts. Last year he played 15 games with six starts and had 45 tackles and three passes defensed.

Bynes is 6-foot-1, 240 pounds and will give the Lions a backup middle linebacker. With Tulloch going on injured reserve Monday with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, the Lions likely will have Tahir Whitehead or DeAndre Levy move to the middle. Either way, the team should continue to play the majority of defensive snaps in the nickel package, though Ashlee Palmer will see an uptick in playing time, too.

Travis Lewis could be an option in the middle, but he missed Week 3 with a quad injury. Julian Stanford is primarily an outside option and was promoted from the practice squad last week to fill Lewis' special teams duties.

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