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Lions no closer to knowing when Louis Delmas will be back

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The Lions have tried to stay optimistic about getting safety Louis Delmas back on the field.

But with the clock ticking toward the regular season opener, they’re no closer to knowing when.

Delmas sat out last night’s preseason finale, and it’s unclear if he’s going to practice next week after having knee surgery Aug. 7.

“If he’s going to play, he’s going to need to get out there at some point” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “But he’s getting better. He’s getting better; that’s all I can say.”

Schwartz said Delmas is improving, but needs some practice time before he’s ready to play him in the opener.

“I don’t want to say Monday [when the Lions return to practice is] his biggest thing,” Schwartz said. “It’s probably we’re going to need to see him get on the field. His first action isn’t going to be Sunday against the Rams. He’s going to need to get back, but I think he’s on a good path. I don’t know when he’ll get back, but he’s been improving every day. He’s been making good progress.”

If he can’t go, John Wendling would take his place in the starting lineup.

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8 Responses to “Lions no closer to knowing when Louis Delmas will be back”
  1. dawgsafety13 says: Aug 31, 2012 10:53 AM

    LeShoure looked like a BEAST!!!

  2. ocdn says: Aug 31, 2012 10:57 AM

    Will the Lions be in that much better shape getting these guys back later in the season, i.e. Delmas, Best ?

  3. Stupid Lions Fan says: Aug 31, 2012 11:09 AM

    Delmas might be the most over-rated player on the roster right now. Always hurt, only had 1 good season, but somehow he’s the ‘heart’ of the defense? I’m not worried about Wendling filling in and that should tell you something.

  4. tshirttom says: Aug 31, 2012 11:16 AM

    Heal up Louis. We need you for week #2

    Javid for the Bears week #7

  5. zachintosh66 says: Aug 31, 2012 12:03 PM

    Poor Lions (& fans) horrible secondary and their 2 best are hurt…

  6. jimmylions says: Aug 31, 2012 3:25 PM

    This is unfortunate, especially because we are so thin at DB.

    If it dramtically increases the odds of having Delmas healthy for the rest of the season, I’m fine with him sitting out week 1.

  7. staffordsyear says: Sep 1, 2012 6:13 AM

    I hate this..louis is a gamer for sure but hes got to stay healthy this year!..hes a great player and he just cannot stay healthy,hopefully hes got the bugs worked out cuz hes a force in the backfield.

  8. steveb9995 says: Sep 2, 2012 5:34 PM

    Delmas is always in position to help the corners, I’m not so sure Wendling has the hang of that just yet. We really need him on the field. His absence in the second half of the season was a big factor in the Lions’ secondary woes. He has to get healthy.

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