The Detroit Lions head in to the 2015 NFL season looking to make it back in to the playoffs and past the Wildcard round, after losing to the Cowboys in it last year.
They'll have to start the season without one of their most influential players however, as it has been revealed that DeAndre Levy will miss the Lions first game of the season at minimum.
The injury that has kept the Lions linebacker off the field for the last two weeks was identified as a hip problem on Wednesday and it is going to leave Levy sidelined this weekend.
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The Lions have yet to offer up any real comment about Levy’s outlook, but according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Levy is likely to miss the season opener against the Chargers because of the injury.
That’s a significant loss for a Lions defense that had Levy on the field for every snap last season and signed him to an extension this summer that made it clear he’s seen as a leader of the unit.
Levy’s absence is described as a “matter of weeks” and Birkett reports he will not need surgery to get over the problem. Levy reportedly spent Wednesday running with trainers out of the view of reporters and has seen improvement in his condition over time.
Levy has started every game at weak-side linebacker for the Lions over the past two seasons and has proven to be a bargain after being drafted in the 3rd round of the 2009 Draft out of Wisconsin.
The Lions signed Levy to a four-year, $33-million contract extension last month after having a career-high 151 tackles in 2014, whilst leading Detroit in interceptions the year before.