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Detroit — As he did after Week 2, Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy said Sunday that his hip injury is improving, but he still is uncertain exactly when he’ll return to the field.

One of the Lions’ top defensive players, Levy said he should know by Tuesday or Wednesday what the likelihood is of him playing next Monday night against the Seattle Seahawks, a game of tremendous significance after the Lions fell to 0-3 with a loss to the Denver Broncos Sunday night at Ford Field.

Levy said his hip injury is not causing him much pain, but he hasn’t yet been cleared by the Lions’ doctors.

“It’s a small little irritant right now,” he said. “I’ve got to take that last step to be able to be on the field and actually worth a (darn).”

FOX Sports analyst Terry Bradshaw said Levy would be back for next week’s game against the Seahawks, but Levy said he didn’t know where Bradshaw would have gotten that information.

Levy might not be 100 percent healthy, and his return would risk aggravating the injury that’s kept him out of practice for about a month.

“I think whenever you start the season with any type of ailment or whatever it’s going to be something you have to deal with,” he said. “You don’t get healthier during the year.”

Levy said he has not undergone any surgery for the ailment and doesn’t think he’ll need any in the offseason.

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