DeAndre Levy is finally off the active non-football injury list and is expected to practice with the Lions on Tuesday.
After months of recovery from hip surgery, Levy should be back to work slowly into his old post at outside linebacker. He missed 15 games last year with the injury.
Levy was one of the more reliable linebackers in the game prior to the injury. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Levy broke out as a pass defender in 2013 with six interceptions, and then had his best season of run defense in 2014 with 155 tackles, good for second in the NFL.
The eighth-year pro had managed to stay relatively healthy prior to last year’s major setback, as he missed just two games from 2011-2014. Ever since the hip injury, however, it’s been a slow road back.
“We just kind of want to be careful with him and just make certain he’s ready to go,” Lions coach Jim Caldwell said last month. “At this point in time, we want to be a little bit prudent in terms of how we deal with it.”
Last season, the Lions went 7-9 with the league’s No. 18 defense in Levy’s absence.