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Allen Park — Lions tight end Eric Ebron returned to practice Tuesday after missing the previous couple days, but another starter was a surprise absence.

Linebacker DeAndre Levy wasn't at practice and wasn't even watching during the 20-minute portion open to the media. Levy did practice every day since last Thursday's exhibition, so for now, there's no reason to think it's serious.

Levy also sat some days during training camp as he recovered from an upper-body injury, but considering he played in both exhibition games, that lingering injury seems to be behind him.

In addition to Levy, defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (undisclosed), defensive tackle Caraun Reid (ankle), guard Larry Warford (ankle), linebacker Kyle Van Noy (undisclosed), safety Brian Suite (undisclosed) and cornerback Chris Owens (undisclosed) were out.

Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (hamstring), who's on the non-football injury list, remained out but did some work with a trainer. Running back Joique Bell (knee/Achilles) is also still out on the physically unable to perform list.

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