Detroit Lions: Analyzing the Injuries

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Outside Linebacker, DeAndre Levy

At this point, it is unknown if DeAndre Levy has even suffered an injury. What we do know is that Levy has sat out the last two practice sessions. Best case and even likely scenario would be if Caldwell was just giving him a break.

Right Tackle, LaAdrian Waddle

Good signs for LaAdrian Waddle came in two forms this week.

  1. He was activated off of the PUP list.
  2. The Lions traded away tight end, convered to tackle Michael Williams to the New England Patriots this week, showing their confidence that Waddle will indeed be ready to return soon.

Defensive End, Jason Jones

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Like Waddle, Jason Jones was removed from the PUP list this week.

Cornerback, Alex Carter

Also removed from the PUP list this week.

Defensive End, Ziggy Ansah

The full disclosure of Ziggy Ansah’s injury is being kept relatively quiet. It is believed to be an ankle injury, severity unknown. Ansah sat out practice this week and will not play vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday.

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Outside Linebacker, Kyle Van Noy

We’ve saved perhaps the most concerning injury for last. As you all probably remember, Kyle Van Noy missed a large majority of his rookie campaign with a sports hernia injury. He did eventually return to the field in 2014, however many questioned if he was fully ready as he often struggled.

Entering 2015, it was safe to say that expectations were high for the former BYU standout and second-round pick of the Detroit Lions, but right out of the gate it appeared that something was not right.

Van Noy played 33 snaps vs. the Washington Redskins last week, many against the second and third team offense. During those 33 plays Van Noy managed just five tackles and again seemed to be off of his A-game.

Once Monday morning rolled around, coach Caldwell confirmed what some had feared and many had speculated — Van Noy was again battling injury.

While that news was yet another blow during a week full of bad news, some good news did come about later in the week.

All kidding aside, Caldwell mentioned on Wednesday that Van Noy’s injury does not need additional surgery, making his timetable to return week-to-week.

Nate Williams is an editor and columnist for of the FanSided Network. For continued Detroit Lions news, rumors and analysis, be sure to follow him on twitter at @SLR_Nate.

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