Linebacker DeAndre Levy is practicing Wednesday for the first time since Week 1. Levy missed eight games due to quad and knee injuries.
The Lions have been particularly mum about the tackling maven's status, but never placed Levy on injured reserve, suggesting they hoped he'd return this season.
After his breakout season in 2014, Levy played less than one half of football in 2015 due to a hip injury and lasted just one game (70 snaps) this season.
Coming off a 151-tackle season in 2014, Levy was voted No. 66 by his peers on NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2015. Two years ago Levy was one of the defenders that left Tom Brady exasperated: "Those two guys, Suh and Levy, They're just everywhere," Brady said from the bench during a tilt versus the Lions.
Levy signed a 4-year $33.7 million contract extension in August 2015. Since then he's played six quarters of football.
After getting through the first half of the season with a poor, injured defense, the NFC North leaders would get a big boost from Levy's return.