Linebacker DeAndre Levy was among the players returning from injury who participated in the start of the Lions’ offseason workout program Monday.
Offseason workouts present a great opportunity for NFL teams to check the health status of players who underwent surgery during 2015 or earlier this offseason. Based on some photos from the Lions, at least a few players who dealt with injuries last year look to be on track for a healthy return.
In addition to Levy, who played just one game last year and underwent hip surgery in October, the Lions had center Travis Swanson and tight end Brandon Pettigrew participating in the workouts. Swanson (shoulder) and Pettigrew (knee) ended last season on injured reserve.
Running back Zach Zenner was also active in the workouts, but he recovered from a ribs injury, including a partially-collapsed lung, before the end of the 2015 season. Offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz (broken leg), who was on injured reserve with the Giants last year, also participated and said he’s completely healthy.
One player who wasn’t in the Lions photos was defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t in attendance. Walker, who was on injured reserve with a broken leg last year, has a $100,000 bonus for participating in the workouts. However, some players could be in Allen Park and simply not participating in all activities.
Although the team didn’t announce the participants Monday, there appeared to be good turnout from the photos. One player not in attendance was linebacker Stephen Tulloch, who is still likely to be cut.