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Josh Bynes back with Lions, ready for action

James Hawkins
The Detroit News
Josh Bynes

Allen Park – The first step for linebacker Josh Bynes was to get healthy.

After suffering a knee injury in the preseason, Bynes reached an injury settlement with the Detroit Lions in early September and spent six weeks rehabbing at his home in Atlanta.

The next was waiting for an opportunity, which came Tuesday when the Lions traded Kyle Van Noy to the Patriots and re-signed Bynes.

With Van Noy’s role vacant and DeAndre Levy still on the mend, the Lions need a starting linebacker. Bynes started 11 games in place of Levy last season and recorded a career-high 82 tackles, but the Lions aren’t sure if Bynes will be ready to play Sunday against the Texans.

“Right now I'm just glad to be back, glad to be with the guys,” Bynes said. “That's the main thing. Definitely get back into the swing of things and we'll see what happens.”

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Bynes said he was keeping tabs on the team, but the Lions never indicated they were going to bring him back. Yet he had an inkling when injuries began to mount at the position.

“It sucks but it's part of the game and next thing you know somebody has got to step up,” Bynes said. “I've been in that situation in Baltimore when Ray (Lewis) was hurt, (Dannell) Ellerbe was hurt, Jameel McClain was hurt, so I was that guy in my first or second year and I had to play and had to start. It's part of the business, it's part of the game. You just got to come in and play."

Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said Bynes is capable of playing all three linebacker positions and is confident he’ll be able to contribute immediately.

“I know he got injured but he’s always been a guy that’s been in great shape,” Austin said. “Being in shape has never been an issue for him. Very smart player, so it’s just a matter of seeing how fast we can get him back into football shape.”

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