By Ashley Scoby
@AshleyScoby

Panic ensued on Wednesday when a Fanduel’s Will Carroll reported that Detroit linebacker DeAndre Levy could be looking at an “extended absence” and possible surgery.

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According to the Detroit Free Press, Levy doesn’t need surgery, but is unlikely to play in the Lions’ opener in San Diego on Sunday.

With reports and rumors flying, head coach Jim Caldwell still refused to provide details.

“At this point in time, he’s being treated,” he said. “He’s improving and we’ll see where he’s at in practice. Didn’t practice yesterday (Wednesday). In all likelihood, will not practice today (Thursday). So listing him at questionable at this point in time.”

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Although he said that it would be “inappropriate” to divulge what doctors have said about Levy’s hip injury, Caldwell emphasized that he was being looked at closely.

Asked specifically if Levy could potentially be looking at an extended absence from the field, Caldwell still wouldn’t give details.

“I’m not into that business. I’m in the business of trying to win football games and what we have to do is just make certain that our guys are ready to go,” he said. “If Levy can’t go, there’s got to be somebody in there that’ll do the job. He’s got to step up. The standards are high and we expect him to perform, plain and simple.”

Caldwell also stressed the fact that in football, there was a 100-percent injury rate, and that the “next man up” mentality extended to the entire team, not just in Levy’s (mysterious) case.

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“One of the things that’s going to happen, without question, in our game, there are going to be injuries,” he said. “So you have to have guys in position that understand that and that they’re preparing exactly like they’re going to have to play and start a game.”