Lions safety Louis Delmas has missed the first week or so of training camp due to a groin injury suffered in the offseason. Though he’s widely expected to hit the practice field soon — indeed, a source with knowledge of the situation insists that Delmas will be ready to go when the regular season begins — we’re hearing that there’s quiet concern within the organization regarding the possibility that Delmas ultimately will need surgery to repair the injury.
Indeed, there’s talk that perhaps the best course of action would be to shut Delmas down for the season, and to perform the surgery now.
If it’s true that the injury was sufficiently severe to make surgery a possibility, it means that the Lions and Delmas instead have opted to proceed, in the hopes that with treatment and luck Delmas will be able to make it through the season.
Expect the team and the player to deny the possibility that surgery is needed. But then pay attention to Delmas’ health throughout the year — and whether there’s eventually an “aggravation” that results in the player being placed on injured reserve in advance of a procedure aimed at fixing the situation.