Over the course of training camp and the offseason last year, there would often be reports out of Lions camp about the status of running back Jahvid Best’s recovery from concussions.
Those reports would never offer much more than hopefulness that Best would return at some point with the caveat that the present day was not that point. Best wound up missing the entire season and Lions fans might have a sense of déjà vu while hearing the latest about safety Louis Delmas.
Delmas was at Lions minicamp on Tuesday after spending OTAs rehabbing his injured knee away from the team, but he didn’t have much to say about when he’d be back on the field. He said the knee felt “great” before adding that it feels like last year, when Delmas missed eight games. He then asked reporters to leave him alone, leaving coach Jim Schwartz to answer further questions. His answers didn’t come with much specificity about when the team thinks Delmas might be ready to play.
“We have a long way to go to worry about stuff like that,” Schwartz said, via Chris McCosky of the Detroit News. “Now is not the time. Everybody wants to put starting jobs up for grabs, depth charts, things like that. We’re really not at that point right now. Let’s get to training camp and see how that goes.”
Put it all together and you’re left with a situation that forces the Lions to make plans at safety that don’t include Delmas for the coming season.