The same three faces were out for Wednesday's practice leading up to the Detroit Lions' season opener vs. the San Diego Chargers: DeAndre Levy, Caraun Reid and Larry Warford. We had already been aware of Reid and Warford's ankle injuries, but the Lions had been silent in regards to what was preventing Levy from practicing.
Well, it appears that Levy is dealing with a hip injury according to the Lions' official website. Levy has missed practices for almost three straight weeks now and his chances of starting Week 1 are looking pretty bleak at this point. Best case scenario may be that he's listed as Questionable on Friday for the final injury report, but I wouldn't bet on it.
There is also this report from Will Carroll that suggests Levy's hip injury concerns may be due to internal damage. That can't possibly be good if it's true, but the Lions have not confirmed this yet.
DeAndre Levy out this weekend. Concern is possible internal damage. Could be extended absence, surgery. Trying to manage symptoms.— Will Carroll (@injuryexpert) September 9, 2015
If Levy does indeed miss Sunday's game, it appears that Josh Bynes may be the first in line to replace him at WILL.
The Lions' website says Josh Bynes would likely start for DeAndre Levy if he can't play.— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) September 9, 2015
Here is the full list of injuries from Wednesday's practice:
Eric Ebron listed with an ankle injury, was limited today. Waddle, Whitehead have elbows pic.twitter.com/Ihvo2XaIa0— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) September 9, 2015
LaAdrian Waddle was reportedly working behind Cornelius Lucas at right tackle, but it's encouraging to see him getting back in the thick of things. Ebron's ankle injury doesn't seem to be too serious and Whitehead being limited only enhances the concerns with the current linebacker situation.
UPDATE: The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett dropped a little optimism regarding Levy's injury:
To calm everyone's fears on Levy: I'm told his hip is improving, no surgery necessary and he's run without setbacks this week.— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) September 9, 2015