Caldwell: Report about DeAndre Levy's health 'inaccurate'
Allen Park – Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell denied a Thursday report there are conflicting medical opinions regarding linebacker DeAndre Levy’s readiness to return to action.
Local radio station 97.1 The Ticket, citing an anonymous source, reported multiple doctors have cleared Levy to play, while others have not, with the player making the ultimate decision to sit out until he was uniformly cleared.
“It’s inaccurate,” Caldwell said during this Thursday news conference. “He asked me the question whether or not there was any disagreement in terms of his situation, there is none. There are no inconsistencies, plain and simple.”
Levy has been sidelined since the team’s Week 1 game in Indianapolis. Previously listed with a quad injury, the Wednesday practice report noted he’s now also dealing with a knee issue.
“Obviously any time the doctors are working on something, trainers, by league rule, we have to include it on the report and we did that,” Caldwell said.
The coach wouldn’t rule out Levy missing the remainder of the season, but said there is positive progress being made in his recovery, despite the newly listed knee injury.
“He’s working, he’s progressing, he’s making good progress and we’ll see how it goes,” Caldwell said.
Levy missed all but 17 snaps last season with a hip injury and was on the non-football injury list for the first three weeks of training camp. He played all 70 snaps of the opener in Indianapolis, but hasn’t been on the practice field since that game.
Levy is in the first season of a four-year $33.7 million contract extension he signed last summer. Caldwell was asked if he has any regrets regarding the deal.
“None,” he said. “Quick and short answer.”