Report indicates possible 'extended absence' for Levy
The Lions have been extremely quiet regarding star linebacker DeAndre Levy's injury, ignoring questions about what's ailing him until listing his hip on the injury report Wednesday and declining to put a timetable on his return.
Will Carroll, who works for Fan Duel, wrote on Twitter that Levy will miss Sunday's season opener in San Diego and could have an "extended absence, surgery."
"Concern is possible internal damage," he wrote.
A Lions spokesman declined comment on the report.
Although Carroll currently writes for the daily fantasy sports site, he previously worked for Sports Illustrated, Baseball Prospectus and Bleacher Report, among other outlets.
Asked Wednesday if he would play Sunday, Levy said, "We'll see."
The Lions used their injured reserve with designation for return slot on cornerback Alex Carter Sunday. If there was a concern that Levy could miss eight weeks, they likely would've waited instead of using it on the rookie.
Levy has missed practice the last two weeks and didn't play in the final two exhibitions. If he can't play, Josh Bynes would likely start on the weak side, though Tahir Whitehead, the presumed starter on the strong side, or Travis Lewis could work over there, too.