When the Detroit Lions travel to Louisiana to take on the New Orleans Saints, linebacker DeAndre Levy will reprise his role as starting bench warmer as he is expected to miss his 11th straight game which would total 26 out of the last 28 games that he has not suited up for.
Last season Levy injured his hip to where it required surgery, and this season he came into training camp with a non-football related injury to his knee which has kept him out since Week 1. It is becoming such a common occurrence that even this week Jim Caldwell deviated from his “check the report” pitch when asked if we see number 54 on the field at all this season. “We will see” was Caldwell’s response to the question.
It is interesting to note that Detroit had the opportunity a long time ago to place Levy on IR and sign someone else to fill his position. Jim Caldwell was very adament in his press conference that the Lions were only focused on winning and that they are making the best decisions that they can to make sure winning games in the top priority in Detroit.
Maybe we will see our middle linebacker on the field this year, maybe we won’t. However as it gets closer to the post season you have to wonder if Levy does not return by then, do they activate Jon Bostic from IR or do they use that activation on Ameed Abdullah? Best case scenario would be Levy returning and being able to get Abdullah back on the field lined up behind Stafford. But what about rust? DeAndre Levy has only played two more NFL games than I have in the last 28 games.