Leshoure, Delmas remain out for Lions


The Lions started practice Monday thin at running back and they ended it looking downright svelte.

Stephfon Green hurt his knee in a drill, forcing him out of practice on a day when the team was already without Jahvid Best and Mikel Leshoure. Best still hasn’t been cleared for full practice and Leshoure sat out once again with a hamstring injury. He’s resumed running, but his return date is still unknown and coach Jim Schwartz intimated that there might be a change at the position coming soon.

“Our numbers are dropping there,” Schwartz said, via Tim Twentymen of the team’s website. “We’ll have to see with Green how he bounces back from this, but our numbers are a little light there right now. But that could change in the next 24 or 48 hours.”

That could mean Leshoure’s return or a good diagnosis on Green, but it could also mean that the Lions, who finished practice with five healthy backs, look outside the organization. Ryan Grant has been linked with the team during the offseason, although there hasn’t been much heat on that front for a while.

The Lions also don’t know when they’ll get safety Louis Delmas back on the field. Schwartz remains adamant that Delmas’ sore left knee won’t cost him any time during the regular season.

“We’re worried about short-term and how that approach is,” Schwartz said. “We’re not worried about regular season; I’ve said that a lot of times.”

Delmas might not see much time in the preseason, but the approach will be worth it for the Lions if it improves his chances of being healthy through the regular season.

6 responses to “Leshoure, Delmas remain out for Lions

  1. Injuries are a bummer, but it sure is nice to be able to take the approach they are with Leshoure and Delmas and other (KVB, Tulloch) in which these guys know the system. Leshoure is young and could definitely use more reps, but the Lions won’t be leaning on the running game even if Best and Leshoure were both 100%. Keeping Delmas healthy is factor No. 1 at this point, and it’s clear the coaches are smart and are taking it easy. Other guys can use those reps to great advantage, too.

  2. It also improves the number of reps a backup will get with the first team. The Lions secondary fell a part when Delmas got injured. Getting backups reps while Delmas is allowed to heal will improve the secondary.

  3. Too much luck? Losing all the RBs to injury, Fairley to injury, most of the secondary to injury and stuff like referees failing to call a TD a TD? No, the Lions would have been better if they hadn’t had so much BAD luck. lol. Perception is amazingly disconnected with reality when it comes to fans and the Lions.

  4. I know they don’t want to but maybe it’s time to bring in a veteran free agent back like Ryan Grant or Cedric Benson on a 1 yr. deal as insurance?

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