Levy (knee) still isn't fully healed from the knee injury that prematurely ended his 2016 season, ESPN's Michael Rothstein reports. "I won't be cleared until November, December," Levy said.
Levy is filing a grievance against the Lions claiming the team medically cleared him -- before cutting him a day later -- when the linebacker wasn't even healthy enough to get into his linebacker stance. Prior to the injury, Levy was one of the top 4-3 linebackers in the league and wants to resume his playing career if he heals well from hip, knee and back injuries. Apparently five or six teams have already reached out to him this offseason.
Levy underwent surgery on his right knee in an effort to repair a torn meniscus suffered during the 2016 season, Michael Rothstein of ESPN reports.
Levy was released by the Lions back in March after playing only six games during the last two seasons. Injuries have plagued the linebacker after a stellar stretch of play in 2013 and 2014, but if he is able to get healthy again, he should see an opportunity to play on an NFL club. Levy has recorded 639 tackles, 12 interceptions, and two forced fumbles over his eight-year NFL career.
The Lions are releasing Levy, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Limited to just six appearances over the last two seasons, Levy has been unable to make good on the four-year, $37 million contract he signed before the 2015 campaign. The Lions may still have interest in retaining him at a reduced price, as Levy was an elite performer in 2013 and 2014, tallying 270 tackles and seven interceptions while playing in all 32 games. He'll turn 30 in late March.
Levy (knee) is active for Saturday's contest at Seattle, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
After missing the bulk of the season due to quad and knee injuries, Levy has suited up for each of the last four games, accruing 17 tackles (15 solo) while logging 51 percent of the defensive snaps.
Levy (knee) is questionable to play in Saturday's wild-card playoff game in Seattle.
Levy hasn't missed a game since making his return from a knee injury in Week 14 despite being listed as questionable on a regular basis.
Levy (knee) is active for Sunday night's regular season finale against Green Bay.
Just like in previous weeks, Levy was listed as questionable on the Lions' official injury report but was ultimately cleared to play.
Levy (knee) is questionable to play in Week 17 versus the Packers.
Levy has nursed a troublesome knee all season and was listed as a limited participant in every practice the Lions held this week. With no reported setbacks and the NFC North championship on the line, we suspect Levy will we be cleared to play prior to the start of Sunday's game.
Levy (knee) is active for Monday's game at Dallas.
Despite logging just 47 percent of the Lions' defensive snaps in Week 15, Levy easily doubled his previous season high in tackles with eight, all solo. He continues to be a limited practice participant, likely as a precaution due to the knee injury that forced 11 consecutive absences earlier this season. No matter, he could explode on the tackle front if he's ever allowed to earn the majority of reps on game day.
Levy (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's matchup against the Giants.
Levy notched four tackles last week in his return from an 11-game absence, so he'll look to improve upon that performance in Week 15 as he figures to get the start at outside linebacker.
Levy (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants.
Levy returned to the field for the first time since Week 1 in Sunday's win over the Bears. He recorded four tackles in the process. The team limited his workload at practice all week, but it is unclear if they were just exercising caution or if the linebacker had suffered any setbacks. He seemingly appears on track to play Sunday, but a final decision on his status will not be determined until closer to game-time.
Levy (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Bears.
Levy will make his first appearance since Week 1 after a knee injury kept him sidelined for a majority of the season. If his snap count is limited, Antwione Williams could see additional reps at outside linebacker, but Levy expects to get the start.
Levy (knee) "is looking like he could play [Sunday] against the Bears", MLive.com reports.
Levy hasn't seen game action since the season opener but progressively ramped up his activity level in practice each day this week. His potential availability would send Antwione Williams back to a reserve role.
Levy (knee) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
The team is optimistic that Levy could finally make his return to the field this weekend, although the linebacker has yet to log a full practice session. Levy will continue to be evaluated throughout the week and his status for Sunday's game will likely be more clear on Friday.
Levy (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's tilt versus the Saints.
There wasn't much optimism surrounding Levy's potential availability for Sunday despite being able to participate in practice on a limited basis throughout the week. Antwione Williams figures to see an expanded role at outside linebacker.
Though listed as questionable to play, Levy (knee) isn't expected to play Sunday against the Saints.
While Levy has practiced for three straight weeks, he's yet to log a full session and appears set to miss his 11th consecutive game. Nonetheless, he seems to be closing in on a return.
Levy (knee) is inactive for Thursday's game against the Vikings.
Levy was likely a bit more removed from active status than his questionable availability may have indicated at first glance. Alas, he seems to be drawing closer to his first action since the regular season opener, which could occur as early as Sunday Dec. 4 at New Orleans.
Levy (knee) is questionable for Thursday's matchup against the Vikings.
Levy hasn't seen the field since Week 1, but given that he has recorded two consecutive weeks of limited practice participation, his prospects are trending upward for Thursday's game. If he can play, he will provide an immediate boost to the Lions' defense. Check back on Levy's status as kickoff approaches.
Levy (knee) is inactive Sunday against the Jaguars, the team's official site reports.
It's more of the same for the veteran linebacker, who hasn't taken the field since Week 1 due to a knee injury. However, Levy did participate in practice this week for the first time in over two months, leaving an optimistic outlook for his availability Week 12 against the Vikings.
Levy (knee) is doubtful to play Sunday against the Jaguars.
Levy made his highly-anticipated return to the practice field this week, but apparently needs more time to get back into game shape. Barring a setback, he should be available in Week 12 against the Vikings.
Levy (knee) was limited in practice Thursday but isn't expected to play Sunday against the Jaguars, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
Head coach Jim Caldwell said, "He did OK," in reference to Levy's first time on the practice field in over two months. The linebacker hasn't played since Week 1 and has missed 23 of the Lions' past 25 games, but he could be ready for the Thanksgiving showdown with the Vikings next Thursday. For now it seems as if any return date given by the team is just speculation, so expect Antwione Williams to continue as the team's starter until more concrete information is released.