The Detroit Lions remain hopeful that Louis Delmas will be able to play in the regular season opener against the St. Louis Rams. However, returning earlier than that appears unrealistic.
Lions head coach Jim Schwartz addressed the situation with the media today and characterized Delmas as “week-to-week”. It might sound like bad news but Delmas underwent surgery as a means to get him back on the field sooner and with fewer lingering issues than could be expected with rest and rehab alone. From Schwartz today:
The idea was let’s try to do it as quick as we can so that it gives us enough time before the opener. That’s what it’s looking like.
In the meantime, John Wendling has harnessed the power of his glorious mullet to play surprisingly well in practice and games with Delmas out of action. Missing preseason action is of little consequence if the surgery turns out to be exactly what Delmas needed to relieve the knee soreness that hampered him earlier in camp. Now in his fourth year with the Lions, Delmas has yet to play in all 16 games in a season.
This is a big season for Louis Delmas. He is in the final year of his rookie deal and could be in line for a big contract if he can stay healthy for an entire season and prove himself as the kind of play making safety he looked like like he would become as a rookie.