Lions' Levy doubtful vs. Titans; rookie Williams on deck
Allen Park — DeAndre Levy has been ruled doubtful for Sunday’s matchup with the Titans. According to the NFL, the designation means, “it is unlikely the player will participate.”
The veteran linebacker missed the entire week of practice with what the team listed as a quad injury after playing all 70 defensive snaps in the season opener.
On Thursday, defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said he expected Levy to play in the home opener.
“I’m not planning on (an alternate option),” Austin said. “I’m planning on having him.”
With Levy now expected to miss the contest, the Lions are expected to turn to rookie Antwione Williams.
“Just like anything, be prepared as possible,” Williams said. “I’m preparing for Levy to play, but if not, I’ll be ready.”
A fifth-round draft pick out of Georgia Southern, Williams primarily worked on special teams in the season-opening victory over Indianapolis. He played extensively in the preseason finale, leading the leading the team with seven tackles, including one for a loss, in the contest.
In addition to Levy, the Lions listed defensive end Ziggy Ansah (shoulder), tight end Cole Wick (shoulder) and cornerback Adairius Barnes (ankle) as questionable.
Ansah was a full participant during Friday’s practice, while Barnes and Wick were limited.
Levy was also fined $9,115 by the league Friday for a taunting penalty he received in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 39-35 win over the Colts, according to Pro Football Talk.
As for the Titans, the team has ruled out starting linebacker Derrick Morgan (hamstring) and backup wide receiver Kendall Wright (hamstring).