The Detroit Lions have officially placed DeAndre Levy on injured reserve effectively ending his season. Prior to this season, he had never missed a snap due to health issues. He played in only one game this year, totaling 17 snaps. While the team did say he could have potentially returned when it was announced he was going to have surgery, that was under the assumption that the team had something left to play for. After a 45-10 beating by the Kansas City Chiefs, the playoffs are not possible and even management and coaches could be out of jobs. At this point, it just made sense to shut him down for the year.
In a corresponding move that was leaked yesterday, the Detroit Lions signed linebacker James Michael Johnson to fill Levy’s roster spot. Johnson spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs and was most recently with the Jacksonville Jaguars. While his combine numbers were not terrible, his lack of utilization after his first couple of years indicates that he is nothing more than a special teams player and emergency replacement.