July 28, 2012; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions cornerback Chris Houston (23) stretches during training camp at the Detroit Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE

Louis Delmas and Chris Houston Doubtful to Face Rams


Louis Delmas and Chris Houston both missed practice again today. Delmas remains out following knee surgery while Chris Houston is working his way back from an ankle sprain.

Although both were unable to practice all week, neither has been officially ruled out of Sunday’s game. Whether or not that can be taken as good news depends on one’s propensity towards an optimistic outlook.

The Lions released their final injury report of the week earlier today and designated Delmas and Houston as doubtful to play. Look up “doubtful” in the NFL definition book and that means the Lions give each player a 25% chance of playing on Sunday.

Jim Schwartz addressed the possibility today:

Both of those guys are getting better, we’ll see where they are on Sunday. Both of them are veteran players, both guys can step in and play with little or no practice time, but we’ll just see when they get to Sunday.

It would seem that Louis Delmas is the less likely of the two to play since his injury has held him out in the last month following surgery. Stepping straight onto an NFL field on game day without making a stop on the practice field after being out a month following surgery is a tall task and one that isn’t likely.

Three defensive tackles are listed on the Rams’ injury report. Michael Brockers (ankle), Matthew Conrath (knee) and Darell Scott (knee) have already been ruled out.

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