Delmas still doutful for Sunday; Johnson is probable

Posted by ttwentyman on December 30, 2011 – 5:00 pm

The cold and the rain didn’t bother safety Louis Delmas on Friday as the Lions practiced outside for the first time this week to prepare for Sunday’s game in Green Bay.

Delmas had on shorts but was protected from the elements some by a helmet.

Friday marked the first time Delmas has had a helmet on at practice in two weeks as he participated in the early portion of practice open to the media.

Delmas ran off to the side for awhile but also participated in some individual drills in a limited fashion.

He’s still listed as doubtful on the team’s injury report to play Sunday in Green Bay, but just having him back was a welcomed site for Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham.

“We’ve really missed him,” Cunningham said. “I think Chris Harris has done a great job … but we really need (Delmas) back.

“We can do more things when he’s with us. He’s good in man-to-man, he can cover wide receivers and he really tracks the ball.

Delmas hasn’t played since Thanksgiving when he hurt the knee in the first quarter and had arthroscopic surgery Dec. 17.

Corner Aaron Berry, who’s been limited in practice for two weeks due to a separated right shoulder, is also doubtful.

Receiver Calvin Johnson returned to practice for the first time this week Friday after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday with a sore Achilles. He’s listed as probable for Sunday.

Listed as probable along with Johnson for Sunday are: defensive end Cliff Avril (back), running back Kevin Smith (ankle) and safety John Wendling (illness).

Wendling did not practice Friday because of an undisclosed illness.

Falling under the category of questionable are: defensive tackle Nick Fairley (foot), corner Chris Houston (hand, knee), safety Amari Spievey (knee), defensive tackle Corey Williams (hip) and defensive end Willie Young (ankle).

Of those, Williams was the only one who didn’t participate in practice Friday. However, Williams has been dealing with a hip injury for weeks now and it hasn’t kept him out of any games.

For the Packers…

Out: receiver Greg Jennings (knee), receiver Randall Cobb (groin) and running back James Starks (knee/ankle)

Doubtful: tackle Bryan Bulaga (knee)

Questionable: linebacker Clay Matthews (ankle)

Probable: tackle Chad Clifton (hamstring/back), tight end Jermichael Finley (knee) and defensive end Ryan Pickett (concussion)

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10 Responses to “Delmas still doutful for Sunday; Johnson is probable”

  1. By dean on Dec 30, 2011 | Reply

    team is healthy!! bummer no delmas tho…

  2. By KJ on Dec 30, 2011 | Reply

    It looks like Delmas could go, but why risk a setback. He should sit one more to get his knee closer to 100%.

  3. By golions on Dec 30, 2011 | Reply

    “He’s still listed as doubtful on the team’s injury report to play Sunday in Green Bay, but just having him back was a welcomed site for Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham.”

    Should be “sight”, not “site” unless its a welcomed location.

  4. By jordan on Dec 30, 2011 | Reply

    yeah rest up man he is like bob sanders without the concusions

  5. By CR on Dec 30, 2011 | Reply

    its hard to say if he will be 100% for the first playoff game. Remember when Houston came back. then he took himself out because he couldn’t cut right. If the Loins make it to Round 2 in playoffs, then i’d think he would be way better off.
    Either way, i hope he proves me wrong next week in the Playoffs. (hopefully the Giants/Cowboys)

  6. By Bull Run on Dec 31, 2011 | Reply

    Lions need Delmas healthy. Maybe use him sparingly in cover 2 or Zone. To make a playoff run, corners and a healthy safety are a requirement, not a bonus.

  7. By danny-k on Dec 31, 2011 | Reply

    If you can play – – – play. “You play to win the game.” The rest will take of itself.

  8. By Rob on Dec 31, 2011 | Reply

    As painful as it is to say this, a loss at Green Bay Sunday would not be nearly as bad as losing Delmas or Johnson for the season due to an injury. I say bench em, let em rest and start fresh next week in the wildcard.. Detroit will get another stab at Green Bay in the NFC Championship game.

  9. By DM on Dec 31, 2011 | Reply

    I think they should sit Delmas until the wild card game vs (Giants/Cowboys). To get him closer and if Johnson is not ready to go in this game and he needs another week to get to 100% sit him as well we have a lot of talented players(Logan,Pettigrew, Burleson, Young) who can catch the ball not that they are better than Johnson but would rather have Johnson at 100% in the playoff game. GOOOO LIONS!!!

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

    Delmas HAS to stay healthy this year if were gonna make this run to the Super Bowl!

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