Allen Park — Less than 30 minutes before the Lions' first training camp practice was set to begin Friday, the team announced linebacker DeAndre Levy and safety Don Carey had been placed on the non-football injury list.
It’s troubling news for Levy, who had participated in organized team activities in the spring and appeared to be on track to return from last season’s hip surgery. He appeared in just one game in 2015.
Levy didn’t reveal much following the team’s practice. He deferred 10 questions about his injury to coach Jim Caldwell. When asked if he was concerned that his ailment might keep him out long term, Levy said, “No.”
“You know, we just kind of want to be careful with him, and just make certain he’s ready to go when I anticipate he will be at some point in time,” Caldwell said. “So, if it was something long term that we deemed as being long term, you certainly know I would let you know that. But at this point in time, we just — we want to be a little bit prudent in terms of how we deal with it.”
Caldwell wouldn’t say whether Levy’s injury was related to his hip or where it occurred.
“We don’t talk about all those kinds of things until we’re required to put something on an injury report,” Caldwell said.
Prior to his hip injury, Levy was arguably one of the Lions' top defensive players in 2013 and 2014, recording 119 tackles, 15 passes defended and six interceptions in 2013, and 151 tackles, four passes defended and 2 1/2 sacks in 2014.
Carey played in all 16 games last season, recording 21 total tackles and one fumble recovery. Details of his injury weren’t disclosed.