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Lions' Levi Onwuzurike: Good to go for training camp
Onwuzurike, who missed all of 2022 with a back injury, is set to participate in Lions training camp, Tim Twentyman of the team's official site reports.
Onwuzurike had back problems in his rookie year in 2021 but was still able to play in 16 games and managed to record 35 tackles and one sack. Head coach Dan Campbell noted that the team will work him in slowly as he comes back up to speed.... See More ... See Less
Lions' Levi Onwuzurike: Return timetable TBD
Onwuzurike (back) still has yet to practice during Detroit's OTAs, Justin Rodgers of The Detroit News reports.
Onwuzurike, who missed all of the 2022 NFL season with a back issue, also had back problems during his rookie year that held him out of training camp. While head coach Dan Campbell noted Thursday that he doesn't have a timetable for the young defensive lineman's return to the practice, he added "certainly, we're hoping to have him (back) in camp at some point." Campbell also stated that Onwuzurike "just got on the grass probably about a week ago where he can begin to run."... See More ... See Less
Lions' Levi Onwuzurike: Future uncertain
Onwuzurike (back) remains in a rehabilitation program and is uncertain to play in 2023, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports. "The first thing I'm thinking about, I'm not thinking about the player playing. I'm thinking about the player being healthy. And then if he plays, that's just icing on top," defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn said at the NFL Combine.
Onwuzurike has been sidelined since hurting his back during the first day of padded practice last year. While it doesn't seem like the Detroit coaching staff is particularly encouraged by his progress thus far, we should know more about his availability as the team goes through offseason workouts this spring.... See More ... See Less
Lions' Levi Onwuzurike: Out for season after surgery
Onwuzurike (back) will miss the remainder of the 2022 season after he underwent surgery on his back ahead of Week 6, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Detroit placed Onquzurike on its injured reserve list ahead of Week 1 with a back injury he sustained back at the beginning of training camp, and for which he ultimately needed surgery. Sans the 2021 second-rounder, the Lions will have to continue to rely on Charles Harris and Austin Bryant for reps at defensive end opposite Aidan Hutchinson.... See More ... See Less
Lions' Levi Onwuzurike: Officially out
The Lions have ruled Onwuzurike (back) out for Sunday's Week 1 game against the Eagles, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Onwuzurike suffered a back injury in the first week of training camp and has not practiced fully since. Thus, his absence is not too surprising. The first step in the right direction will be logging some work at practice. In the meantime, the likes of Isaiah Buggs, Benito Jones and Demetrius Taylor are candidates to see some snaps providing depth on the interior defensive line.... See More ... See Less
Lions' Levi Onwuzurike: Heading to IR
The Lions placed Onwuzurike (back) on injured reserve Saturday, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.
Onwuzurike aggravated a back injury early on in training camp that has persisted into the regular season. The Lions officially ruled him out for Week 1 action Friday, and just one day later they ensured he'll miss at least the first four games of the campaign. In Onwuzurike's absence, Isaiah Buggs should get an opportunity to mix into Detroit's defensive tackle rotation behind starters Michael Brockers and Alim McNeill.... See More ... See Less
Lions' Levi Onwuzurike: Uncertain for Week 1
Onwuzurike (back) is uncertain to be ready for Week 1, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. "He's trending the right way, but it's at a snail's pace, is the best way to say it," head coach Dan Campbell said.
Onwuzurike injured his back during the first week of training camp and hasn't practiced since. While Campbell said the defensive lineman hasn't had any setbacks, it doesn't sound like Onwuzurike has taken many steps forward either. Any of John Cominsky, Isaiah Buggs or Demetrius Taylor could be candidates for increased roles behind Michael Brockers and Alim McNeill if the 2021 second-round pick isn't ready to go when the regular season begins.... See More ... See Less
Lions' Levi Onwuzurike: Nursing back injury
Onwuzurike aggravated a back/hip injury during the first week of training camp, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Head coach Dan Campbell said that Onwuzurike has a "murky" timeline for a return to action. His potential absence would create an opening for Isaiah Buggs and Jashon Cornell to see extra snaps behind Alim McNeill and Michael Brockers.... See More ... See Less
Lions' Levi Onwuzurike: On track for key role in 2022
Onwuzurike is expected to play a key role within Detroit's defense in 2022, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
The 2021 second-round pick had a disappointing rookie season after missing time in training camp with a back injury. However, head coach Dan Campbell said Onwuzurike has undergone a "body transformation" since then while spending part of his offseason working out in Detroit before team workouts even started. If Romeo Okwara (Achilles) is slow to bounce back from his injury this fall, Onwuzurike should have plenty of pass-rushing opportunities early on in 2022.... See More ... See Less
Lions' Levi Onwuzurike: Full practice Thursday
Onwuzurike (hip) was a full participant at Thursday's practice.
The rookie second-round pick was unavailable for the season opener due to the hip injury, but he'll start practice for Week 2 with no limitations. Onwuzurike is poised to make his NFL debut Monday against the Packers, assuming he avoiding any setbacks.... See More ... See Less
Lions' Levi Onwuzurike: Not playing in season opener
Onwuzurike (hip) is inactive for Week 1 against the 49ers.
Onwuzurike was a limited participant in all three of Detroit's practices this week, and the rookie has been hampered by injuries thus far -- aside from the hip problem that sidelined him for this game, he also dealt with an (apparently) unrelated back injury during camp. His next chance to make his NFL debut will come in Week 2 against the Packers on the road -- as long as he's healthy enough to play.... See More ... See Less
Lions' Levi Onwuzurike: Questionable after limited practice
Onwuzurike (hip) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against San Francisco.
Onwuzurike was a limited participant in all three of Detroit's practices this week. The rookie second-round pick dealt with a back injury during camp, but this hip issue appears to be unrelated. He's expected to begin his career in a rotational role at defensive end.... See More ... See Less
Lions' Levi Onwuzurike: Back in action
Onwuzurike (back) participated in team drills during Tuesday's practice, and he should make his preseason debut Saturday against the Steelers, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.
Head coach Dan Campbell said Onwuzurike recently saw a couple of specialists after the rookie was limited by a back injury in practice. However, Campbell expressed optimism about the evaluations, and Onwuzurike subsequently saw his most extensive workload during training camp Tuesday. While it's not necessarily guaranteed that he suits up during this weekend's preseason game, Onwuzurike seems well on track to be ready for the regular-season opener Sept. 12 against San Francisco.... See More ... See Less
Lions' Levi Onwuzurike: Dealing with sore back
Onwuzurike has been limited in practice due to a sore back recently, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
Onwuzurike hasn't been present much early in camp due to his injury, and the team has sent him to multiple specialists to make sure that he isn't dealing with a serious issue. However, the defensive lineman is believed to be fine, and coach Dan Campbell is hopeful that Onwuzurike will be back on the field sometime next week.... See More ... See Less
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