Lions' GM not concerned Levy's injury long-term issue

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
DeAndre Levy

Allen Park -- All things considered, the Detroit Lions are relatively healthy a week before the team's exhibition opener. On Wednesday evening, 87 of the team's 90 players practiced, with running back Theo Riddick and Don Carey returning to action. Tight end Brandon Pettigrew remains out as he rehabs from last December's ACL tear and wide receiver Corey Fuller hasn't even begun to run after undergoing foot surgery in June.

Then there's DeAndre Levy. After practicing during OTAs and mandatory minicamp, the team's best linebacker was surprisingly placed on the non-football injury list with a mystery ailment just hours before the start of training camp.

After that first practice, Levy fielded a dozen questions on his status and deferred them all to coach Jim Caldwell. And when the questions were asked of the coach, no worthwhile information was provided. But the man in charge of finding a replacement for Levy, if the injury were a threat to sideline him into the season, isn't concerned it's a long-term issue.

"We don’t think it’s a long-term situation," general manager Bob Quinn said. "All the information that we have today, we do not believe it’s a long-term situation."

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While Quinn wouldn't comment specifically on what has Levy on the non-football injury list, the general manager did nod in agreement when asked if the injury occurred during the player's time away from the facility between mandatory minicamp and training camp.

Levy, the NFL's second-leading tackler in 2014, essentially missed the entire 2015 campaign with a hip injury suffered during a training camp practice. He attempted rehab, but in his return to the lineup in Week 5, he didn't even make it to halftime before re-aggravating the injury. The issue ultimately required season-ending surgery.

In Levy's stead during camp, Jon Bostic has been starting at weakside linebacker. Quinn traded a conditional seventh-round draft pick to his former employer, the New England Patriots, to acquire Bostic back in May.

While out, Levy has been in attendance at every training camp practice, even going through some of the half-speed mental reps with his position group.