When Louis Delmas opted for knee surgery in early August it was sold as the quickest route to getting him back on the field. If this is the quick route, I’d sure hate to see the other one.
A timetable wasn’t put on his return and Jim Schwartz wouldn’t say anything more than characterizing Delmas as week-to-week rather than day-to-day in his recovery. It was thought, perhaps as an incorrect assumption, that he would be back near the start of the season. That is starting to look less and less likely as game number three is fast approaching and Delmas still hasn’t been able to practice. Not only that, but Schwartz continues to characterize Delmas as week-to-week. It seems reasonable to chalk week three up as another “not this week” and check back in next Wednesday when the Lions start their preparations for the Minnesota Vikings.
Elsewhere in the secondary, the news is much better. Cornerback Chris Houston (ankle) was a full participant at practice on Thursday, just as he was on Wednesday. Rookie cornerback Bill Bentley (concussion) was also at practice again today, this time as a full participant after being limited yesterday. Both players were out against the San Francisco 49ers and their return is of the utmost importance to the Lions, especially with Drayton Florence being placed on short-term IR. It appears that Houston and Bentley will be able play against the Titans.
Calvin Johnson returned to practice but took less than his usual number of reps. He’s listed as dealing with an ankle issue.
In addition to Delmas, Travis Lewis (quad), Tony Sheffler (calf) and Corey Williams (knee) did not practice today.