Delmas misses practice again, but Lions say no setback

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Lions safety Louis Delmas has battled knee injuries for a long time now and didn’t practice with the team at all during their offseason workouts, which made it something of a surprise that he avoided the PUP list at the start of camp.

It also makes it less of a surprise that he’s been held out of practice the last couple of days. Delmas hasn’t practiced since taking part in some team drills on Tuesday and defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham had no timetable for when Delmas would be back on the field, but coach Jim Schwartz said that the safety’s absence from practice shouldn’t be considered a setback.

“We are just trying to be proactive,” Schwartz said, via Chris McCosky of the Detroit News. “We are trying to give him days off and trying to keep him from practicing when he’s sore. He was still a little sore and had some swelling there.”

With some players, proactive approaches in training camp aren’t worth a mention. For a player with Delmas’ history, however, one day of practice leading to three days off (the Lions didn’t practice Wednesday) is another sign that you can’t just write his name in the lineup and put worries aside.

The Lions were also without safety Amari Spievey and cornerbacks Darius Slay, Chris Greenwood and Jonte Green at Friday’s practice because of injuries, leaving the team without much too work with in the secondary. While that’s a familiar feeling for the Lions, it’s surely one they hope to avoid once the regular season arrives.

12 responses to “Delmas misses practice again, but Lions say no setback

  1. thetruthcampaign:

    I don’t think any team in the league can compete with us for youth at CB. We have so many really young guys:
    (Bentley/Green/Greenwood/Slay/McKenzie), and at least 4 of those guys are going to make the team along with Chris Houston. One of the natural things to expect with young Corners is that they often make mistakes based on experience. So I don’t think anybody can expect this unit to be perfect by Week 1 and it could be a trouble area yet again.

    Plus my opinion is that CBs are one of the toughest positions to teach and we consistently in the past never seemed to have a good and positive impact with regard to how we coach up the DBs. I’m expecting a long learning curve and it might take a while before things start to click with this group, if they ever do at all. These aren’t exactly marquee prospects.

  2. With Detroit this year, there is a TON of talent and potential. The main variable will be health/injuries. If they can stay healthy (which is a BIG “if”), then look out.

  3. Rashean Mathis isn’t exactly a pro bowler but is by no means worse than any of the scrubs in that secondary. How about adding a little depth?

    Or how abut we repeat just 2012 and get torched up and down the field?

  4. the lions should just forget about this guy and cut him. Staying healthy has never been his strong suit. Spends more time on the IR and training table than Nick Eddy did.

  5. Wasn’t it the Lion’s trainer who consulted with the 49ers trainer about how he managed to keep his defensive backs away from injuries last season? I remember reading the article on PFT. The 49ers trainer told him the DBs need to be honest about injuries and the team needed to give them rest when they had minor injuries. This is most likely happening as a result of the consultation.

  6. I don’t know how Delmas can have a health set-back when he wasn’t even back in the first place.

  7. The current Lions regime has always been overly-cautious with these minor bumps and bruises……….where have you guys been the last several years? I thought everyone knew this.

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