Following the tweets and instant reports out of Detroit Lions training camp was a bit of a roller coaster ride for fans interested int he health of Louis Delmas. The best news came when Delmas emerged from the locker room to take the field with his teammates, validation of Jim Schwartz’s comments that he didn’t believe Delmas would start camp on the PUP list.
But after going through individual drills, about 30 minutes worth of practice, Delmas left the field to have his knee wrapped and iced. Cause for concern? Not really, more just part of the plan according to Schwartz. Via Chris McCosky of the Detroit News:
“He went through individual (drills) with that brace on his knee,” coach Jim Schwartz said. “He’s working through that. We will probably sit him out (Saturday) and bring him back on Sunday.”
“We’re going to be very proactive in the way we handle him and it’s going to take a lot of discipline — on our part and on his part,” Schwartz said. “There are going to be days when he’s feeling fine and we are going to have to be disciplined enough to stay with the schedule.
“I think he’s on board with that.”
The Lions are doing their part to keep Delmas healthy but it remains to be seen if that is enough. Delmas, now in his fifth NFL season, has never played in all 16 regular season games. The impact of his health on the roster was eased by the signing of Glover Quin but the Lions defense needs Delmas on the field.