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DeAndre Levy practices for first time in a long time

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DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 19: DeAndre Levy #54 of the Detroit Lions celebrates 24-23 win against the New Orleans Saints at Ford Field on October 19, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Greg Shamus/Getty Images)

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The Lions head into Week 11 in first place in the NFC North and they’ve been able to get to this point with only the smallest of contributions from linebacker DeAndre Levy.

Levy played in the team’s season-opening victory over the Colts, but has been out of action since then due to quad and knee injuries. The Lions didn’t place him on injured reserve, which indicated that the team expected him back this season but there hasn’t been much discussion about when that might happen.

We don’t know when Levy might return to game action, but he took a step toward that outcome on Wednesday. Levy participated in practice for the first time since getting hurt and did individual drills during the portion of practice open to the media.

Expecting him to play against the Jaguars this weekend might be a stretch given how long Levy has been on the shelf, but a return at some point down the stretch could give the Lions a boost in their effort to remain in first place in the NFC North the rest of the way.