We were told that Louis Delmas began training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list because of conditioning issues stemming from an off-season groin injury. The news brought little fanfare and it was thought that Delmas would hit the practice field within a matter of days.
It now appears that the situation could be far worse, perhaps requiring surgery to correct the lingering groin issue.
From Pro Football Talk:
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.
Mlive.com’s Tom Kowalski refutes PFT’s report:
However, a source close to the situation has called those rumors “inaccurate.” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz is expected to address the situation following today’s morning workout.
Both Jim Schwartz and Louis Delmas discussed the injury and stated that surgery is not necessary. More from Tom Kowalski:
When Delmas was sent to a specialist about his injury, all options were discussed, including surgery. However, surgery was not recommended by the specialist and won’t be pursued.
This will be a situation to watch even when he returns to the field and a scenario where Delmas is shutdown late in the season to go ahead with a corrective surgery could be a possibility. The Lions secondary is already expected to be the team’s weakest unit; losing their best player of the defensive backfield would only solidify that dubious distinction.