The bye week came at the perfect time for the Lions. Matthew Stafford may have been able to play last week if the Lions had a game but the extra week of rest without missing a game makes the situation all that much better. Stafford was able to practice last week and there is no doubt that he will start against the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
DeAndre Levy is another important piece, especially to the Lions defense. He was not able to practice at all last week but coach Jim Schwartz is planning on Levy being able to play according to Paula Pasche of The Oakland Press:
Coach Jim Schwartz said the plan is for middle linebacker DeAndre Levy to start. He’s only played one game and has been out the last three games with an ankle injury. He did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday which was not a good sign. If he’s back, you’ll see a difference in the defense.
With Stafford and Levy returning for their first game action since early in the season, Mike O’Hara is getting the feeling that it is opening day all over again. Here is what he had to say about Levy:
The middle linebacker is the quarterback of the front seven, and the Lions have been without their No. 1 defensive quarterback for most of the first six games.
From early in training camp, Levy has missed practice and games because of back, groin and ankle injuries. He has played part of one regular-season game – a two-tackle performance in the Game 3 loss at Minnesota.
More is needed at middle linebacker. If Levy returns at his form of last year, it will be an upgrade for the defense.