After missing the last 11 games with quad and knee injuries, DeAndre Levy is back in the fold for the Lions today.
For the first time since a Week 1 win in Indianapolis three months ago, the former Pro Bowl linebacker is active on game day and available to play today vs. Chicago.
It's unclear what role Levy will play, or how many snaps he might receive as he works himself back into game shape. He's practiced on a limited basis the last three weeks, and has played in just two games the last two seasons combined.
Detroit's defense will also have the services of linebacker Tahir Whitehead and defensive end Ziggy Ansah, who were both questionable coming in with ankle and knee injuries, respectively. Whitehead's knee injury kept him out of last week's game in New Orleans.
Offensively, the news isn't as good, as the Lions will be without two starters.
Center Travis Swanson (concussion) and running back Theo Riddick (wrist) are both inactive.
Rookie Graham Glasgow could move from guard to center to fill in for Swanson, and Laken Tomlinson would step back into the starting lineup at guard to fill Glasgow's spot.
With Riddick out, Detroit's backfield will feature Dwayne Washington, Zach Zenner and the newly signed Joique Bell.
Receiver Marvin Jones Jr., who missed last week's game with a thigh injury, and was limited all week in practice, is active.
The Lions' special teams units get a boost with the return of safety Don Carey from a hamstring injury that forced him out of the last two games. Carey is one of the top special teamers in the league.
Joining Swanson and Riddick on Detroit's inactive list are: receiver TJ Jones, DT Khyri Thornton, tackle Cornelius Lucas, quarterback Jake Rudock and linebacker Thurston Armbrister.