Lions safety Louis Delmas was on the field and practicing with the first-team defense in the portion of practice open to the media Tuesday.
Delmas has not played since Thanksgiving with a sprained right knee but looks to be on track for his first start in more than a month as the Lions take on quarterback Drew Brees and the Saints in their playoff opener Saturday in New Orleans.
“Obviously he’s a leader of our secondary, very productive player in our secondary, a guy who plays with a lot of speed and a lot of emotion,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said of Delmas during Monday’s press conference.
“He’s one of the corner stones of what we want to do defensively, he’s one of the players that we drafted in 2009, one of the guys we wanted to build around and we’ve obviously missed him and want to get him back on the field.”
The Lions were without both Delmas, starting corner Chris Houston (knee) and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (suspension) when they lost to the Saints, 31-17, earlier this season.
The Lions defense had it’s full compliment of players at practice Tuesday, including defensive tackle Corey Williams, who missed the Packers game with a hip injury.
The offense, however, was missing receivers Calvin Johnson and Titus Young, who did not practice.
Johnson sat out the first two practices of last week with a sore Achilles but still had 244 yards and a touchdown against the Packers on one day of practice (Friday).
Young had two touchdowns against the Packers and finished the game.
Tags: Calvin Johnson, Chris Houston, Corey Williams, Jim Schwartz, Louis Delmas, Titus Young, Wildcard - at Saints
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