When the Lions return from their bye in Week Five, they could be bringing an old face back with them.
Tim Twentyman of the Lions website passes along word that safety Louis Delmas was on the practice field with the rest of the team during the portion of practice open to the public. Delmas has not practiced with the team since July and his return has been eagerly anticipated since he underwent knee surgery early in August. Delmas was originally projected to return to the field in time to play in the first game of the season, but Delmas’ absence has lingered well into the regular season.
Twentyman writes that Delmas didn’t look limited “at all” during practice, although how Delmas’ knee reacts to the return to work will be worth watching before any assumptions are made about his availability for the game against the Eagles. With the Lions off this week, though, Delmas will have plenty of time to adjust back to football life. The team has played John Wendling, Amari Spievey and Ricardo Silva at safety with Delmas out and the Lions defense would definitely benefit from a healthy return of the safety.
The Lions have been looking to recapture some of what they feel they had going for them last year. Perhaps Delmas will bring it with him.