The Lions are 2-1 with safety Louis Delmas in the lineup this season and 2-5 without him so it would seem to serve their flickering playoff hopes well if Delmas was able to play in as many of the final six games of the season as possible.
According to coach Jim Schwartz, Delmas, who has missed the last three games with a left knee injury, “has a chance” of playing on Thanksgiving against the Texans. Delmas was able to practice on Tuesday, the first time he’s been able to do that since getting hurt. While Schwartz wasn’t ready to make a determination on Delmas’ status, he didn’t deny the boost that the safety would provide to the defense.
“There’s nothing like having the leader or your defense, a guy who is literally the heart and soul of our defense, and a guy that’s been experienced and played well in our defense,” Schwartz said, via Tim Twentyman of the team’s website.
Twentyman writes that he’d be surprised if Delmas isn’t on the field against Houston, a supposition that makes a lot of sense based on what the game means for the chances of a second straight trip to the postseason. That said, Delmas has already missed seven games this season so it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone if he winds up joining millions of Americans watching the game before digging into turkey.