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Louis Delmas isn’t expected back soon

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When Lions safety Louis Delmas had surgery on his knee in August, the Lions said that they expected him back for the regular season.

Week Three kicks off shortly and Delmas still hasn’t returned to action. We’ve kept a close eye on Delmas’ status since the surgery because the indication was that he’d return sooner rather than later, but it might be time to let that rest for a while. Coach Jim Schwartz gave an update on Delmas Thursday and it doesn’t sound like anyone is expecting him back anytime soon.

Schwartz said that Delmas’ injury is more week-to-week than day-to-day. Schwartz also said that he never had any expectation to have Delmas back on the field at this point in the season.

“It’s just we’re waiting for his knee to be better to get him back on the practice field and get him on the game field,” Schwartz said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “Like I said, that’s what it is. I never said that we expect to have him back. That’s the objective, but with injuries, we never go into any injury, whether it’s a guy with a pulled muscle or a guy with a knee injury — a guy with anything — and say, ‘Hey, this is the timetable, and he’s coming back right then.'”

Schwartz may not have promised a timetable, but he did say Delmas’ chances of playing in the opener looked good in the middle of August. The expected return date doesn’t matter right now, anyway. All that matters is getting Delmas, who the Lions insist hasn’t had a setback in his recovery, back on the field before week-to-week turns into month-to-month.

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7 Responses to “Louis Delmas isn’t expected back soon”
  1. mintberrycrunch1 says: Sep 20, 2012 7:47 PM

    Lions need to draft 2 safeties this next draft. Delmas is Bob Sanders 2.0….helluva player on the field, but he can never stay healthy.

  2. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Sep 20, 2012 8:21 PM

    Delmas has to be 100% to return.
    The former Western Michigan Bronco
    reminds me of Steve Atwater. The Lions
    really need him to get healthy and play !

  3. snoilog says: Sep 20, 2012 9:02 PM

    Stick a fork in

  4. nflfollower says: Sep 20, 2012 9:27 PM

    Sad thing is once he’s back….he will last a couple games then be hurt again. I barely consider him part of the team now. I just take for granted that he’s always injured.

  5. lionsfan989 says: Sep 20, 2012 9:38 PM

    As much as I love delmas
    It may be time for the lions to move on soon
    Can never stay healthy and hasn’t been the same since his rookie year
    Really a shame, if he could stay healthy he could be a helluva player

  6. Soulman45 says: Sep 20, 2012 10:53 PM

    Next man up he is a star.

  7. mickydubbslionsfan says: Sep 21, 2012 4:45 AM

    Let’s be completely honest here lions fans…. Delmas is overrated…. If you ever watch the games, he is good for a big hit or 2, and some help against the running game… But the amount of times he gets burnt is disturbing and I am totally open for a change…. I get tired of watching a receiver blow down the field for 70 yards, and Delmas is looking at the cornerback like its always their fault. Add in the fact he can’t stay healthy and I think its time to move on….

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