The Detroit Lions have a plan for making sure Louis Delmas and his knee are able to contribute in a big way this season. So far that has meant a schedule alternating practice days and rest days. But after the team didn’t practice on Wednesday and Delmas was held out on Thursday, some wondered if there was reason for concern that Delmas remained out today.
According to Jim Schwartz, keeping Delmas on the sidelines today was just as much a part of their plan as scheduled days off. It’s all about being proactive in responding to what the knee is doing. Schwartz via MLive:
“Again, we’re just going to try to be proactive, give him days off and try to keep him from practicing when he’s already sore, and he was a little bit sore, had a little bit of swelling in there today. It’s not that much of a change over what we’ve done.”
Delmas has been frustrated by his knee in the past but he has had a jovial disposition at camp so far and sounds content to do what it takes to make sure he is as healthy as possible – even when that means taking it easy:
“It’s something that I didn’t take as serious last year and I tried to rush out,” Delmas said. “But this year is a different year and a more exciting year and I plan on playing all 16 games.
“I got to do whatever’s necessary to make sure I reach that point.”
Let’s hope Delmas is able to play in all 16 regular season games this year. If he does, it would be the first time in his career.