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Detroit — Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy hasn’t ruled out the possibility of returning this season.

Despite the Lions starting 1-6 and him undergoing hip surgery a little more than a week ago, Levy said his team isn’t eliminated from playoff contention yet.

“It’s not my decision either way, but I’m doing everything I can do to get healthy regardless of what the decision is,” he said after Sunday’s 28-19 loss to the Vikings.

If the Lions are mathematically eliminated, Levy said he would talk with the Lions management about the possibly of him going on season-ending injured reserve, but for now, he’s focused on improving his health to contribute as quickly as possible.

Levy said he plans to start jogging this week, and considering he was already walking around the team facility last Thursday, about a week after surgery, his recovery seems to be going well.

Unfortunately, Levy surely won’t be returning in the next few weeks, and he appeared in just one game during the Lions’ 1-6 start.

“We get to a certain point in the game, and it’s like we just collapse,” Levy said after watching the Lions lose after an early 17-6 lead. “We’ve got to find a way to get over that hump. It’s going to be a very long season if we don’t start winning some games, so we’ve got to find a way to get over that hump, man.”

Levy said the problems are “all over” as the Lions try to diagnose the issues that have led them to this point. Despite the recent surgery, Levy plans to travel to London with the team this week, but he’s still upset that he aggravated his injury in Week 5.

“Any setback is frustrating,” he said. “It felt really good that week and that game, but it’s a part of it. You’ve got to start over again.”

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