Early in the 2011 season, safety Louis Delmas was the best player in the Lions’ secondary, and Detroit’s defense was playing well. Then Delmas suffered a knee injury in Week 12, had surgery and missed the final five games of the season, and the Lions’ defense wasn’t the same.
Delmas returned for the playoff loss to the Saints, but he wasn’t fully healthy, and there was even talk that he might have re-aggravated the knee and would need another surgery. But Delmas says that’s not the case.
“No, I had one procedure and the plan was to have another procedure if the knee wasn’t acting right,” Delmas told the Detroit News. “We had another MRI and the doctor said he was pleased. So I don’t have to have another procedure.”
After taking a little time off after the playoff loss, Delmas says he’s now working out as hard as ever.
“I am 100 percent; I am training 100 percent,” he said. “I don’t hold myself back at all. If there was a game tomorrow, I’d play tomorrow.”
That’s a good sign for the Lions that their 2012 secondary will look more like it did in the early part of last season than it did at the end of last season.