Defensive starters missing from practice; Delmas and Houston have MCL sprains

Posted by ttwentyman on December 8, 2011 – 5:00 pm

Lions safety Louis Delmas and corner Chris Houston missed practice again Thursday with what we now know are  MCL sprains they suffered on Thanksgiving.

Delmas was injured early in the game when his knee got rolled up on by Packers running back James Starks. He limped off the field and never returned.

Houston was injured when teammate Stephen Tulloch inadvertently hit him right on the knee with his helmet assisting on a tackle at the end of the first half.

Neither Delmas or Houston have practiced or played since suffering their injuries.

Typically, an injury like this takes 2-4 weeks to heal, depending on the player. Both players have said they’re rigorously rehabbing to get back on the field.

It’s not unlike the injury suffered by Bears running back Matt Forte last week.

The Lions practiced Thursday without a number of other key contributors on defense.

Rookie defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who was in a protective boot Wednesday, remains out with that foot injury he aggravated against the Saints Sunday.

Fairley said after practice that it was going to be something he’ll have to deal with the remainder of the season until he can get the proper rest. He said it’ll be about managing the pain and getting rest leading up to game day.

Defensive end Lawrence Jackson continues to be sidelined with that deep thigh bruise.

Linebacker Justin Durant didn’t practice Thursday after being limited by a hamstring injury on Wednesday. Coach Jim Schwartz said Durant was day-to-day after practice.

“Well, we’re going to get them all back, it’s just a matter of when,” Schwartz said of all the team’s injuries. “Maybe Lawrence Jackson is a little bit more long term, but we haven’t put any of those guys on the IR and all those guys are expected back.

“They’re all making progress; they’re all doing well, but whether or not they’ll be available this week is still too early to see – it’s Thursday. But, you know, they’re going to be late-in-the-week decisions and possibly Sunday. We do have a little bit more injuries on defense than we do with offense right now, but it’s life in the NFL.”

Safety Amari Spievey was out with an illness.

On the offensive side of the ball, running back Kevin Smith (ankle) missed a second-straight practice. Remember, Smith got his biggest workload in Thursday’s practice last week.

“Last time I hurt it I had 10 days (before a game),” Smith said. “I feel like I have to do something similar to practice to give myself the confidence that I can make certain movements and certain cuts to be able to produce on game day.”

Receiver Titus Young was back working with the first-team offense in the portion of practice open to the media. Rashied Davis was getting most of that work in that spot Wednesday.

Corner Brandon McDonald (thigh), guard Rob Sims (shoulder) and defensive end Willie Young (ankle) were all limited on the official practice report.


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4 Responses to “Defensive starters missing from practice; Delmas and Houston have MCL sprains”

  1. By Ghost of Bobby Layne on Dec 8, 2011 | Reply

    Those pesky Vikings can score. Their QB is good and learning. Our D needs to do the best they can considering the starters that are banged up and of course the offense needs to score big time. Of course they know these things.

  2. By Jay1978fan on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    I believe in you LIONS!!! We will make the playoffs and then everyone has a chance to compete for the title! Stay the course and believe in one another down the stretch. The true Detroit fans are behind you 110%!

  3. By Steve on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    The Vikings have a really good D Line so I hope Rob SIms can play. AS for the vikings their secondary is banged up and depleted too. I believe our offense trumps them and we simply outscore them in what could be a shoot out surprisingly. We absolutely need Fairley, Delmas, Mcdonald, Houston, Jackson all healthy to go on the road and beat the raiders and to have any chance of beating the Chargers at home. I’m pretty much counting the trip to Lambeau a loss simply becuz we play indoors and it’s too damnn cold their for our offense to get rollin in the passing game. those are the type of games you have to grind out on the ground and we cant simply do that unless kevin smith comes back healthy which would help. But winning the next 3 garuntees at least a 10-6 season and should be good enough to watch my beloved Lions in January. GO LIONS!

  4. By Detroit Lions #1 on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    These injuries were the culprit for the horrible showings against pass defense late in the season, not talent-level.

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