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DeAndre Levy files injury grievance against Lions
Wednesday Aug 09, 2017 12:00am

(ALLEN PARK) - Still not healthy months after his release, former Detroit Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy has filed an injury grievance against the franchise. Levy never fully recovered from the knee injury he suffered in the first game of the 2016 season. He underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus and returned to play in the final five games of the season, including the playoffs. Levy's knee required him to have another surgery in April, to have cartilage removed and re-do the meniscus repair. The Lions released him in March. Levy said the team cleared him the day before cutting him, despite Levy saying three other doctors told him the knee was not healthy. Levy said this occurred around a day before he was released by the club, at the start of the league year. Levy said he didn't yet have a date for the grievance hearing but that the grievance is filed and "it's in line to be processed." Levy, 30, spent most of his final two years with the Lions injured. He lost all but one full game to a hip injury in 2015. He has been rehabbing in Florida, Wisconsin and Michigan since his second knee surgery. Levy says he hasn't started running yet and wants to take his time to make sure everything is correct before he tries to play again. Prior to the injuries, Levy was one of the top 4-3 linebackers in the NFL. He had a 151-tackle season in 2014 and a six-interception season in 2013. Levy said he would still like to play if his hip, knee and back recover well from the injury and that five or six teams have reached out.

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