Detroit Lions discharge veteran LB DeAndre Levy Detroit Free Press

“CLOSE Skip in Skip x Embed x Share Beat writer Dave Birkett dives into the release of linebacker DeAndre Levy and what it means for the Detroit Lions on Thursday, March 9, 2017.
Detroit Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy holds a ball before a game against the Washington Redskins on Oct. 23, 2016. (Photo: Raj Mehta, USA TODAY Sports)
DeAndre Levy was one of the best linebackers in the NFL two years ago, but a series of hip and knee injuries left him looking a shell of himself. For that reason, the Detroit Lions released him when the new league year started at 4 p.m. today.
“On behalf of our entire organization, I would like to thank DeAndre for his many contributions to the Detroit Lions over the past eight seasons,” Lions general manager Bob Qui
said in a statement released by the team. “While he excelled as a player during his time with us, DeAndre also had a genuine desire to make a difference off the field, investing a lot of his time and resources in social causes throughout the Detroit community.
u201cWe wish DeAndre the very best in all his future endeavors.u201d
Levy, who played in just five games the last two seasons because of his injuries, did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
Qui
said at the NFL combine last week that Levy remained in the team’s 2017 plans, but he qualified his statements with phrases such as “as of today” and “right now.””

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