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DeAndre Levy | Linebacker | #54

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (30) / 3/26/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 234
College: Wisconsin
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 3 (76) / DET
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Free agent LB DeAndre Levy is recovering from knee surgery.
The operation was "a few days ago." It's notable because Levy hinted at a disagreement over his health with Lions doctors before his release. He said his goal is to get healthy under "trusted physicians." Injured nearly all of the past two seasons, Levy was cut in March. The move was expected for months. Now 30 with seemingly bum knees, the odds are against Levy making 2017 appearances. Thu, Apr 6, 2017 01:13:00 PM

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Lions released WLB DeAndre Levy.

The Lions dragged out Levy's release all offseason. The move clears just $1.025 million in cap space, though that number would increase to $5.825 million if Levy is designated as a post-June 1 cut. The problem there is that the Lions would have to carry his cap charge until June 1. A former star, Levy's career has been wrecked by injury the past two years. He had knee woes in 2016. Levy turns 30 later this month.
Thu, Mar 9, 2017 02:58:00 PM

Speaking Thursday, Lions GM Bob Quinn said he tentatively expects WLB DeAndre Levy back with the team in 2017.

Due $5.75 million in addition to per-game roster bonuses, Levy was limited to five games by injury in 2016. That's after making one 2015 appearance. Quinn's "endorsement" of Levy's return was full of qualifiers. The Lions could clear $5.825 million in cap space by designating Levy a post-June 1 cut. Perhaps a restructure will be in order.
Thu, Mar 2, 2017 02:47:00 PM

The Lions could ask WLB DeAndre Levy to take a pay cut.

Levy was active for five games this season, but didn’t look the same after battling injuries the last two years. There’s concern he’ll never regain his pre-2015 form. The Lions aren’t going to cut Levy but want to manage risk on a restructured deal. Levy’s $5.75 million salary doesn’t become fully guaranteed until the third day of the new league year.
Fri, Jan 27, 2017 08:05:00 PM

Lions GM Bob Quinn said he thinks WLB DeAndre Levy "can be the same player he was a couple years ago."

Levy has lost most of the past two seasons to injury, but he played well after returning down the stretch. "It looks to me, he was getting healthier and healthier as the weeks went on when he came back," Quinn said. "That’s what we envision." A serious injury risk and set to count $8.39 million against the cap, Levy is theoretically a potential cap cut, but Detroit would not save much by releasing him and has very little talent at linebacker. Perhaps the two sides work out a restructured deal, but Levy should be back for his age-30 season.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Jan 17, 2017 09:36:00 AM

Lions WLB DeAndre Levy is active for Week 14 against the Bears.

Finally. Levy has been more of a rumor than contributor for the last two years, but he's finally received medical clearance to play in football games after battling myriad knee, quad, and hip problems for about as long as we can remember. It's hard to imagine Levy taking over as a full-time player right away, but he should help the Lions during a late-season playoff push.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 11:40:00 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports WLB DeAndre Levy (questionable, knee) "may not be ready" to return Sunday.

Levy was trending toward playing but there's no guarantee he'll be active after missing the last three months. It sounds like the Lions want to see how Levy looks in pre-game warmups. Levy will be on a snap count if he plays.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 07:54:00 AM

The Detroit Free Press would be "stunned" if WLB DeAndre Levy (questionable, knee) didn’t play Sunday.

Levy has been practicing on a limited basis since Week 11. All signs point to him returning after missing the last three months. Levy isn’t going to play every snap but should have a role in his first game back.
Sat, Dec 10, 2016 08:41:00 PM

The Detroit Free Press reports WLB DeAndre Levy (questionable, knee) "finally appears ready" to return.

Levy is trending toward playing after he was more involved in practice this week. Per beat writer Dave Birkett, "all indications" are he’s going to be active. Levy has been out since Week 1 and should see limited snaps in his first game back. A healthy Levy is a huge upgrade for Detroit's stretch-run defense.
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 06:12:00 PM

Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com said WLB DeAndre Levy "was noticeably more involved" in practice Wednesday.

MLive's Kyle Meinke said the same thing about Friday's practice. It could be a sign Levy is ready to return this week, but he was listed as limited both Wednesday and Thursday. He will almost certainly be listed as questionable on the final report. It is getting to the point where anything the Lions get from Levy this season will be a bonus.
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 09:31:00 AM

Lions WLB DeAndre Levy (knee) is listed as questionable for Week 13.

Levy has been getting in limited practices, but he's not expected to return Sunday. The Lions could also be without LB Tahir Whitehead (questionable, knee) against the Saints.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 07:05:00 PM

Lions WLB DeAndre Levy (quad) is not expected to play Week 13 against the Saints.

Levy has been getting in limited practices the last couple weeks, but he still has not been cleared to return. It is not clear when or if that will happen. Levy has played in two games since 2014.
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 10:38:00 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Lions WLB DeAndre Levy (quad, questionable) is not expected to play Thanksgiving against the Vikings.

This has been the expectation all along. The good news is Levy has been able to practice on a limited basis the last two weeks and has a great shot to return Week 13. He will be needed against the Saints.
Thu, Nov 24, 2016 08:49:00 AM

Lions WLB DeAndre Levy (quad) is questionable for Week 12 against the Vikings.

Levy was limited in practice all week, but beat reporters expect him to sit out Thursday and return for Week 13. If he sits, Kyle Rudolph gets a boost to an already-strong matchup. Rudolph is locked in as a TE1 this week.
Wed, Nov 23, 2016 04:00:00 PM

The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett reports it "sounds like" DeAndre Levy (quad) will sit out Week 12 against the Vikings.

Levy is getting close, but it was never likely he would return on a short week. With the Lions getting a nice break after their Thanksgiving game, Levy could be able to return Week 13 against the Saints. Detroit will need him in that game.
Tue, Nov 22, 2016 10:44:00 AM

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