Louis Delmas doesn’t have much to say about his knee

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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.

10 responses to “Louis Delmas doesn’t have much to say about his knee

  1. Lou will be fine if not he will miss out on money of course due to the terms of the contract but when and if he stays healthy NO DOUBT HE IS ONE OF THE BEST SAFTIES IN THE LEAGUE

  2. So I guess the implication is that we should expect the worst, right?
    Or maybe he just doesn’t feel like talking about it.
    Personally I’m going to reserve judgement until I watch him practice or play.
    That sounds pretty crazy doesn’t it?

  3. The terms of his contract are basically no-play/no pay, correct? For that reason, I’m inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt.

    On the other hand – the Lions definitely need a contingency plan.

  4. I liked the fact that they resigned him for a decent price because his ceiling is high but I hate the fact that they didn’t sign or draft a security blanket for him, and no Quin doesn’t count. Hopefully his knee issues are nothing like last year, but I’m pessimistic.

  5. I gotta be honest. It’s really frustrating to see this unfold.

    Still just training camp, so they’re most likely being cautious, but right now it looks like Delmas is the highest paid cheerleader in league history.

  6. Well his contract is very incentive based—I know it sounds crazy, but the Lions actually planned for this possibility, at least financially. Let’s just wait and see what happens come fall. Delmas knows this is his last shot at showing teams he can stay healthy, so you better believe he’ll be on the field every Sunday unless he physically can’t.

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