While technically now available to practice, Levy won't necessarily do so Tuesday. He did suggest that he hopes to play in at least one preseason game, but the real goal will be to have him ready for Week 1. Even after missing all of last season with a hip injury and the first three weeks of training camp with an undisclosed issue, Levy possesses an IDP ceiling that's among the best in the league. Few linebackers possess a similar combination of run-stopping and coverage skills.
Quinn is now the latest Lions spokesman to decline to specify what type of injury Levy is dealing with, but the team hasn't expressed any concern over Levy's long-term health. However, head coach Jim Caldwell has downplayed the need to see Levy play in preseason games, as the Lions have little to gain by rushing him back into action and risk exposing him to re-injury, especially since linebacker remains one of Detroit's thinnest positions. Offseason acquisition Jon Bostic is taking the first-team reps in Levy's absence.
Levy was placed on the active/non-football injury list heading into training camp, and the team has yet to indicate what the problem is. When healthy, he projects to be team's best linebacker, but he only managed to play one game last season. However, in his six seasons prior with the club he was never considered injury prone. Caldwell has also indicated seeing Levy in the preseason is not a priority for the team.
Levy's injury has not yet been disclosed, but it could be a concerning development for the
Levy was seen running stride-for-stride with TE Eric Ebron, and evidently appears to be be nearing his 2014 form. That season, Levy racked up 117 solo tackles - 16 more than anyone else - and finished second in the league in total tackles (only behind Luke Kuechly). Should Levy make a full recovery and maneuver through the rest of the offseason without any setbacks, he will undoubtedly re-bolster a Lions defense that finished 19th in the league against the run in 2015.
|P3||8/27/16||@ BAL||7:00 pm|
|1||9/11/16||@ IND||4:25 pm|
|3||9/25/16||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|4||10/2/16||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|8||10/30/16||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|9||11/6/16||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|13||12/4/16||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|15||12/18/16||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|16||12/26/16||@ DAL||8:30 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|