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Lions getting healthier, but Delmas still not practicing

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The Lions only had one of their four starters in the secondary in Sunday’s loss to the 49ers, and had only one of their top three running backs as well. But they’re starting to get healthier.

Both starting cornerbacks, Chris Houston and Bill Bentley, were back at practice today after missing last week. Houston has been absent since spraining his ankle in the preseason, and Bentley has been absent since suffering a concussion in Week One.

However, the Lions’ best defensive back, safety Louis Delmas, is still not practicing while he recovers from a knee injury. With each passing week Delmas’s bum knee becomes a bigger concern: Although the Lions have largely downplayed the severity of his knee problems, he missed the last five games of the regular season last year, missed the entire preseason this year, has missed the first two games of this season and appears set to miss another game this week.

Also back to work for the Lions is running back Mikel Leshoure, who still hasn’t played a single game in his NFL career after he missed all of his rookie season last year with a torn Achilles and was suspended two games to start this year for two marijuana arrests. Leshoure is splitting the first-team reps with Kevin Smith in practice. Jahvid Best, who was the Lions’ starting running back when healthy last year, will be out at least another four weeks with the concussion issues that cut short his 2011 season.

Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, tight end Tony Scheffler, linebacker Travis Lewis, cornerback Drayton Florence and defensive tackle Corey Williams all sat out practice as well. The Lions have rested Johnson in practice because of a foot injury, but it does not seem to be serious.

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7 Responses to “Lions getting healthier, but Delmas still not practicing”
  1. rockbottom37 says: Sep 19, 2012 1:03 PM

    Would have been nice to have these two vs. 49ers

  2. classactcalvin81 says: Sep 19, 2012 1:42 PM

    We have the worst luck in the secondary every year! We r usually shaky at best in the first place then injuries hit our DBs hard every year for some reason! Well here’s to hoping these two stay healthy here on out and we get back Delmas and Best at some point this season!

  3. michflaguy says: Sep 19, 2012 1:51 PM

    A loss sucks…but on the bright side we hung with one of the best teams in the league – on the road – with 5 starters out of the line-up – 4 of whom are on defense. Not to mention that had our OFFENSE been run better, we actually may have won this game. I hope this one does not hurt us later in the playoff rankings…if it does, Schwartz will need to explain why we did NOT use the best passing combo in the league half as much as we tried to run against the 49′ers. The results were predictable.

  4. WatchThis says: Sep 19, 2012 2:05 PM

    And to not lose Florence during that game… Despite not having those guys and Wendling getting burned back there and the Lions GIVING the 49ers that kicker roughing/pass interference > TD, they only got beat by 8.

    Heck, if Stafford looked good that game and Hanson didn’t miss the field goal, could’ve easily been a win.

    Anyway, I’m still high on them season and hoping that secondary gets healthy.

  5. ahs2 says: Sep 19, 2012 2:56 PM

    Delmas’ injuries are bcoming more frequent & severe. I’m not the sky-is-falling type but I’m starting to wonder how reliable this guy’s going to be. Between he and Best, we’re putting a lot of $$$, faith, and a couple of roster spots for diminishing return…

  6. greenspartan8 says: Sep 19, 2012 6:31 PM

    Bob Sanders Jr. Delmas is very talented and makes a huge difference for our D, but he simply has not been able to stay healthy.

  7. Jeremy W says: Sep 20, 2012 12:50 AM

    Hopefully they can get the injuries out of the way now, and be healthy the rest of the season when it really matters.

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