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Lions expect DeAndre Levy to return to form in 2016

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 05: Fred Jackson #22 of the Buffalo Bills looks to avoid the tackle by DeAndre Levy #54 of the Detroit Lions in the first quarter at Ford Field on October 05, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Lions signed linebacker DeAndre Levy to a four-year contract extension before the 2015 season, but a hip injury kept Levy from making good on the investment on the field.

Levy missed the first four games of the season and then aggravated the injury in his return to the lineup, which led to surgery and an eventual trip to injured reserve. The Lions missed Levy, who had 270 tackles and seven interceptions over the previous two seasons, and they’re not sure if he’ll be ready to go for the start of offseason workouts, but coach Jim Caldwell is confident that the Levy of old will be on the field come next season.

“I’m fully expecting him to be able to do the things he’s always done for us,” Caldwell said, via the Detroit News. “Make plenty of tackles, be able to cover guys in terms of pass routes out of the backfield and certainly give us some help in terms of rushing capacity, blitzing once in a while. I expect him to be the same active guy he’s always been.”

The Lions are also hoping for a healthier year from defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and getting both would be a big boost as Detroit tries to show that they are a better team all around than they were in 2015.

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8 Responses to “Lions expect DeAndre Levy to return to form in 2016”
  1. snoiLtiorteD says: Mar 23, 2016 4:45 PM

    I feel like I’ve heard this before

  2. whooligun says: Mar 23, 2016 4:46 PM

    Lions are drafting in the top 5 next year.

  3. burnzy32 says: Mar 23, 2016 4:49 PM

    I don’t know what’s worse, being a Lions fan and having pretty good to great players, leave via free agency (Suh), retire, or be led to think their injuries are minor and they end up on IR like Levy. Or be a Browns fan and not have any expectations because their talent is so minimal

  4. metrocritical says: Mar 23, 2016 4:53 PM

    The Lions may not routinely lead the league in wins, yards from scrimmage, touchdowns, takeaways or sacks but they are right up there at the top when it comes to hopes.

  5. koolaid69 says: Mar 23, 2016 6:13 PM


  6. rlpftt says: Mar 23, 2016 7:24 PM

    He’s average at best without Suh, the LoLions are a Joke!

  7. suhmonster90 says: Mar 23, 2016 11:22 PM

    We can only hope he can return to his level because this guy was a surprise superstar.

    And to the comment earlier, the Rollercoaster of being a Lions fan is quite a ride. Being a Browns fan is the same ride with fewer entertaining parts but the ability to look back fonder on the Super Bowl era.

  8. dino2997 says: Mar 24, 2016 12:10 AM

    Levy won’t change the fortunes of the Lions. They still will lose and end up in last place as always.

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