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.