Two key members of the Lions defense sat out practice because of injuries that have hampered them for a good part of the summer. Linebacker DeAndre Levy and safety Louis Delmas both are dealing with strained groin muscles, and neither appears to be a sure thing for Sunday's game at the Chicago Bears.
Delmas practiced Monday and has been working through a limited practice schedule for several weeks, making his absence Wednesday less alarming. He could practice Thursday and essentially remain on schedule.
But Levy hasn't practiced since suffering the injury Aug. 28, and his status is one of the biggest questions heading into this game. The Lions really don't have a backup after Jordon Dizon's season-ending knee injury and the release of Vinny Ciurciu. Two reserve linebackers designated primarily for special teams roles are the best guesses to replace Levy if necessary -- in this order: Landon Johnson and Isaiah Ekejiuba. As we suggested earlier in the case of Bears safety Major Wright, stay tuned.