In the first year of linebacker DeAndre Levy‘s new four-year $33 million dollar contract, he played exactly 17 snaps. Shortly after signing the extension, he began missing out on practices. After the missed practices started to pile up, head coach Jim Caldwell was swarmed with questions.
After a few weeks, the Lions confirmed that Levy was dealing with a hip injury. After missing the first couple games of the season, a report surfaced that he was suffering from an ailment that he got while on a trip to South America. Levy’s agent refuted that rumor though, saying that he was suffering from nothing more than a hip injury.
Caldwell addressed the media yesterday, saying that the team expects Levy to be 100% for the beginning of the 2016 season.
“We fully anticipate that,” Caldwell told Mlive.com. “Fully anticipate it, but I’m not a prognosticator. But everything that we know, absolutely.”
While it took a while for the defense to adjust to not having their best linebacker on the field (allowing 30+ points per game in the first half of the season), Josh Bynes helped settle things down in the second half.
It goes without saying, however, that the Lions will welcome Levy back with open arms next season.
“I don’t know if you guys have seen him out there, but he’s out there working,” Caldwell said. “He looks great right now.”