DeAndre Levy missed essentially all of the 2015 with a hip injury. The eighth-year linebacker has yet to play in the preseason this year.
The Lions don’t appear to be overly concerned about all the time he’s missing either.
While Kyle Meinke for mlive.com reports Levy would like to play in an exhibition game, coach Jim Caldwell was uncommitted to doing so. And though Levy is expected to be ready for the regular season opener, this prompted some questions as to whether the Lions’ two-time defensive MVP might be a little rusty when he finally does take the field, seeing as he hasn’t played football in almost two years.
“Until he plays, I don’t have any concerns,” defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said. “He’s still, in terms of how he sees the game and how fast he reacts, that hasn’t changed. It’s like anything.
“(But) until he gets out there, you don’t know.”
There’s never any way of knowing whether a player is ready to come back from an injury or not until they’re out there, but the Lions might like to get some idea. Levy is one of the defense’s most versatile playmakers, recording 2.5 sacks in 2014 and six interceptions in 2013.
Austin insisted Levy does not need the preseason though, and while that often might be the case for veterans, it might not be a bad idea just to see where he’s at in his recovery and let him get a feel for the game. Whether that happens or not remains to be seen, just like how rusty Levy will be whenever he first gets into a live game.