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LB DeAndre Levy to undergo surgery

Posted Oct 14, 2015

All-Pro linebacker DeAndre Levy will undergo surgery on his hip and could be done for the season.

If their 0-5 start wasn’t tough enough, the Detroit Lions got more bad news on Wednesday with the announcement that All-Pro linebacker DeAndre Levy will undergo surgery on his hip and could be done for the season.

Levy left Sunday’s game vs. Arizona in the first half after aggravating the same hip injury that kept him out of the first four games of the season.

DeAndre LevyLB DeAndre Levy (Photo: Gavin Smith / Detroit Lions)

The Lions opted not to go the surgery route when he initially suffered the injury midway through the preseason on advice from both team doctors and outside sources.

“He had a little setback during the course of the game and so he’ll get surgery here in short order,” head coach Jim Caldwell said.

Caldwell said the team hasn’t made a determination as to whether Levy will go on season-ending injured reserve or not.

“Every surgery is unique. Every individual is unique. So, it may take us a little bit of time to sort that out,” Caldwell said.

The team already used its short-term injured reserve designation on rookie cornerback Alex Carter, so that’s not an option. He either stays on the 53-man roster or heads to season-ending IR.

This is obviously a big blow for the Lions’ defense that's struggled to match last year's production. Levy was second in the NFL in tackles (151) last season and led the league in solo tackles (117). He led all linebackers with six interceptions in 2013.

“(He’s) a very integral part of what we do,” Caldwell said.

Levy missed five games in 2010, and two more in 2012, but has been relatively durable his previous six seasons in the league.

The Lions and Levy agreed to a four-year, $33.7 million extension before the season began. This is obviously not the return on that investment the Lions were hoping for.

Josh Bynes, who started in place of Levy the first four weeks of the season, will take over as the team’s WILL linebacker for the foreseeable future.