Lions finally expecting DeAndre Levy back on the field

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Before last season, the Lions signed DeAndre Levy to a four-year, $33.8 million contract. Since then, Levy has played in two games and missed 26 games with injuries.

But the Lions are finally looking to get some return on their investment: Levy has been practicing this week, and multiple reports out of Detroit indicate that this is the week the Lions are expecting him back on the field.

Whether Levy is 100 percent or not remains to be seen, but if he’s even close to the player he was in 2014, that would be a huge boost to the Lions’ hopes of making a playoff run. Levy played very well in 2014, which is why the Lions gave him that contract in 2015. All indications have been that the Lions still believe Levy can be a big contributor to their defense once he returns.

Having Levy on the field Sunday against the Bears would be some welcome good news for a Lions defense that played one of its best games of the season in last week’s win over the Saints. Things seem to be trending up with the defense in Detroit.