LIONS INSIDER

Levy watches first camp practice from the sidelines

Posted Jul 29, 2016

Even though LB DeAndre Levy was placed on the NFI list Friday, head coach Jim Caldwell still expects him to be a big part of the defense.

DeAndre Levy's return to the field after missing nearly all of last season due to injury is in a bit of a holding pattern.

The Lions placed Levy on the active/non-football injury list before the first practice of training camp Friday, raising more questions about the health of their top linebacker.

Levy, who played just 17 snaps last year, watched practice from the sidelines.

He told reporters after practice that any injury updates would have to come from head coach Jim Caldwell.

Caldwell seemed to downplay the injury, saying he still expects Levy to be a big part of Teryl Austin's defense this season

“You know, we just kind of want to be careful with him and just make certain he’s ready to go,” Caldwell said. “I anticipate he will be at some point in time.

“If it was something long-term that we deemed as being long-term, you certainly know I would let you know that. But at this point in time, we just -- we want to be a little bit prudent in terms of how we deal with it.”

Levy had back-to-back 100-tackle seasons in 2013 and 2014. He was second in the NFL with six interceptions in 2013, and led the league in solo tackles (117) in 2014.

Last year, he suffered a core muscle injury during the preseason. He returned week five of the regular season but aggravated the injury and never played again the rest of the year.

Jon Bostic, who the Lions acquired in a trade from the New England Patriots in the offseason, took first-team reps in Levy’s place alongside Tahir Whitehead and Kyle Van Noy at practice Friday.