Lions’ Levy: Players need truth about brain injuries

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Allen Park — As he’s followed the NFL’s concussion research and the league’s various explanations for the brain injuries, something has become clear to Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy.

“The NFL’s voice isn’t trusted, so as players, I think it’s our responsibility to give players the truth,” he said Thursday after organized team activities.

Levy participated in OTAs on Thursday, a sign that he’s recovering well from his hip surgery last season. However, he said he’s still rehabbing, so he’s not 100 percent healthy after appearing in just one game in 2015.

Few active players have been as critical of the NFL publicly as Levy, who’s posted a handful of times on Instagram about the subject. A few days ago he asked again why Dr. Elliot Pellman, the league’s medical director, remains employed despite concealing links between football and brain injuries.

“It’s just about educating the players and giving players another voice other than the league,” Levy said. “And not just for myself but for the next round of players, little kids that are thinking of playing (and) the parents don’t want to sign their kids up.”