The Detroit Lions have started the final phase of their offseason program with the opening of mandatory mini-camp today. While the previous OTAs were technically voluntary, this week the team can require all players to be at the team’s training facility.
That includes players who were previously working their way back from injuries elsewhere, like Louis Delmas.
Today’s activities were open to the media so naturally, the beat writers wanted to find out how things were going with the knee that has given Delmas problems for the last couple seasons. It doesn’t sound like things are progressing like anyone, especially Delmas, would like:
Tried to talk to Delmas today. "Can you guys leave me alone, seriously!" was what we got. Said knee feels "just how it was last year."
— Chris McCosky (@cmccosky) June 11, 2013
Delmas was one of four players noted by DetroitLions.com reporter Tim Twentyman as being unable to practice. Ronnell Lewis, Leroy Harris and Jonte Green were the others.
On one hand, there is still quite a bit of time before the 2013 season kicks off but lingering knee issues at this point in the offseason is reason for concern. The Lions aren’t as thin at safety as they were a year ago after signing Glover Quin as a free agent but it remains to be seen if the Lions made a mistake by not drafting a safety in what was regarded as one of the deeper safety classes in recent memory.