Lions tell Stephen Tulloch to stay away from minicamp

Stephen Tulloch hasn't been released by the Detroit Lions yet, but don't expect to see him at the team's minicamp this week.

The linebacker was officially excused from the mandatory minicamp, a source told ESPN, confirming the news that was first reported by NFL Network.

The Lions told Tulloch in February he would be released, but he went through the first part of the league year, almost all of main free agency, the draft and organized team activities while still on the roster. Tulloch has not shown up for any offseason workouts.

Tulloch told reporters last week that he hoped to have a resolution soon because he is planning on playing somewhere in 2016. It has seemed for months that place would not be Detroit.

He tweeted about remaining in a holding pattern Monday evening.

Tulloch was Detroit's leading tackler last season with 107 tackles. He had been one of the Lions' most durable players as well before tearing his ACL celebrating a sack of Aaron Rodgers in 2014. He returned last season and became more of a two-down player, coming off the field in passing situations. Except for the 2014 season, Tulloch has had 100-plus tackles every year since 2009.

The Lions re-signed Tahir Whitehead during free agency to replace Tulloch at middle linebacker. By releasing Tulloch at some point, the Lions will save $5.5 million against the salary cap.