DeAndre Levy still out with hip injury — not a Chilean parasite

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The hip injury suffered by Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy remains a concern, but that’s his only health concern.

An odd rumor surfaced this week that Levy was suffering from the effects of a parasite that he picked up on vacation in Chile during the offseason. But Levy’s agent, Joe Panos, told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network that the rumors aren’t true.

Completely, 100 percent false,” Panos told Rapoport.

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that Lions coach Jim Caldwell took a moment out of practice this morning to ask reporters where the parasite story came from. The team seems to be taken by surprise by the whole thing.

The Lions still think the muscle strain in Levy’s hip will be a short-term injury, although he’s out of practice again today and likely to miss his second consecutive game when the Lions visit Minnesota on Sunday.