Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy (hip) won't play Sunday against the Vikings, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. Levy has not practiced since Aug. 24 due to a hip strain, so his Week 3 status is cloudy as well. In his absence this weekend, Josh Bynes will start in Levy's place on Sunday.
The Lions have re-signed linebacker Josh Bynes. The team declined to tender Bynes a restricted free-agent offer in February, but he'll be back with the team in 2015. The linebacker recorded 18 tackles and one interception in 13 games in 2014.
The Lions declined to tender a restricted free-agent offer to reserve linebacker Josh Bynes, but have indicated they want to re-sign Bynes in coming weeks, reports the Detroit Free Press. In 13 games, Bynes had 18 tackles, an interception and a pass defensed. The team could have tendered Byce at $1.323 million but apparently hopes to retain him at a lesser price.
The Lions will have wideout Calvin Johnson and defesive tackle Ndamukong Suh for Week 15. Both players entered the game considered probable, and were always expected to play. Johnson is listed with an ankle injury. Suh is dealing with an illness. The team will also have Josh Bynes, James Ihedigbo, Darius Slay and LaAdrian Waddle. All four players were considered probable for the contest.
Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley (knee) was ruled out for Sunday's clash against the Vikings, according to the team's final injury report released on Friday. Running back Reggie Bush (ankle) and linebacker Tahir Whitehead (shoulder) were deemed questionable. Meanwhile, linebacker Josh Bynes (illness), safety James Ihedigbo (illness), defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (illness), wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle), cornerback Darius Slay (shoulder) and tackle LaAdrian Waddle (concussion) were ruled probable for Week 15.