Delmas looks to start; Johnson and Young sit out practice

Posted by ttwentyman on January 3, 2012 – 1:24 pm

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.

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17 Responses to “Delmas looks to start; Johnson and Young sit out practice”

  1. By Kurt on Jan 3, 2012 | Reply

    SWEET! GB game meant nothing. You have to play the best team at some point! Give em hell!

  2. By d on Jan 3, 2012 | Reply

    Aw,boy! Let’s rally the troops! D gonna be looking alot different with Delmas back.I kinda knew they were saving him for this week.He probably,could’ve went last week at GB. Lions by 10! Too many of our big guns are back,that weren’t available the first game. Also,I won’t be shocked like most everybody else. Both are due at the right time.Lions lost,Saints downfall in this one.Love to hear the comments guys!lolol Later,….

  3. By ashevillain on Jan 3, 2012 | Reply

    Delmas! The best tackler in the Lions’ secondary. I have to wonder if this was the plan all along…rest him until he’s absolutely needed. I bet he would have played @ GB if they would have failed to clinch vs. SD…

  4. By jordan on Jan 3, 2012 | Reply

    Wow how to stop the beast passing office in the l nfl . well all i can think to do is go point for point with them and hop for a couple good call’s go are way .and are line can hold them back for Calvin to have a norther big game and i mean a monster game . maybe a 5 td game and thine we might win this game and get a N other chance at the champ’s let’s go lions

  5. By steve on Jan 3, 2012 | Reply

    I am a die hard lions fan and this game will be big for the lions. key pionts in the game will be how to slow down sproles and the passing attack of brees. keep the penalties down and keep brees on the sideline as much as possible. Delmas back is huge for intensity and the deep ball and can tackle very well something that has been missing. if they show some kind of structure and the intensity that they posses they can beat any team in the playoffs. If they happen to fall short this year a even better team is in the making once the run game is healthy. Trust me dbs will be the first thing they ajust after this year. stafford needs a d for that lights out offence. this is a superbowl team in the making. GO LIONS THANKS FOR MAKING ME BELIEVE AND FOR THE YEAR GO GET EM

  6. By Golferjohn on Jan 3, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks for a great regular season. Now it’s on to New Orleans for the second season. I will have a house full of Lions fans watching this team do battle with the Saints and we are pumped. I know if we score 30 or more points the defense will do their part and victory is ours. Gooooo Lionssssss!!!! 31-28 in a hard fought squeaker.

  7. By jordan on Jan 3, 2012 | Reply

    just do your job men

  8. By rlt62 on Jan 3, 2012 | Reply

    This will be a tough game. But you guys can do it. Hey Scott Linehan, how about grabbing some of those razzle dazzle plays out of the playbook? Ones that we have not seen yet! It would be fun! But no matter what Lions, you have given us a great year, and a lot to look forward to. Keep having fun and do your best. Just remember that refs don’t like the Lions, keep it clean and with any luck we may get some proper officiating (doubt it, but wishfull thinking!) Anyway, good luck team and have some fun in New Orleans. You have earned it!

  9. By Scoutmaster10 on Jan 3, 2012 | Reply

    Keys to the game ( My thoughts)

    ( The best QB’s in the league can’t throw the ball if they are on their back.)

    Don’t kick the ball to Sproles, and he is a deadly receiver out of the backfield.
    PRESSURE ON DREW BREES!!!!! Multiple shifts at the line of scrimmage, and move Sue all over the place.
    Linebackers must stay home and protect the middle of the field, Brees will be looking to get the ball out quick.
    BLITZ BLITZ BLITZ!!! Brees will throw some picks under pressure.


    Linehan please call at least 15 screen plays. We don’t use them enough.
    They are just like run plays, but better.
    Other than that, the offense is on fire.

    You got this one Lions. Like Sheed used to say, “If it ain’t rough, it ain’t right.”

    Bring it home so we can go back to Green Bay and take our Revenge.

  10. By McIvor on Jan 3, 2012 | Reply

    Good advice, but those screens had better be to a running back. I love Pettigrew, but he’s not much of a runner. Watching him catch a pass at the line of scrimmage and try to make a corner miss is just painful sometimes.

  11. By dundeepete on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    Every Lion player will have to execute every play in this game like it’s the last one of their career. In other words, it’s showtime! Like rl62 mentioned about the refs, we’re not going to get any calls in this game. Not in New Orleans. They’re still the NFL’s little darlings because of Katrina. Some teams (like the Lions) will never get the calls when playing at places like: NO; GBay; Chicago; Pitt; NE. It’s just the way it is. So you need to turn it up a few notches and kick some major butt and earn some respect and win it on our own! Offense: don’t try to do too much. Just take what they give us. Spread it around. Screens and quick slants and hit a fly once in a while. Defense: Put pressure on Brees! Keep him contained! Tackle ball carriers LOW and HARD! Good luck,guys!

  12. By Bull Run on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    I think NO is a better team for the Lions to play v.s. the Giants. NY is outdoor in Jan. Not a good thing. Better to be inside and on turf. The Lions will not have to face the Giants pass rush, and run stop defense. The Lions may have a better chance to run the ball against the Saints, and keep Drew off the field.

  13. By pogo on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    i have butterflies in my stomach….limit the big plays against brees….go lions

  14. By stormin norman on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    I just made a voodoo Drew Brees doll and every time they snap the ball its going down hard. Have fun down there i hope it helps. GO LIONS!

  15. By steve on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    DEt dline brees is holding your superbowl trophy so lets go get it from him. This is your time mix it up a bit get hands up on the line it will help give brees a hard time locating his recievers. and dbs tackle by commitie and if the ball is throwen you direction use the wr for timing to get up and fight for that ball it is just as much your as it is there’s. prove the world that bradey and brees are not the only shows in the nfl. DET IS BACK WITH BAD INTENTIONS. the O we need just a little bit of a run game and manage the game right and show vegas where the money should be layed on the dog’s of DET GO GET THEM AND OUR TROPHY I GOT MY MONEY ON THE DOG’S OF DET

  16. By pamwando on Jan 5, 2012 | Reply

    GO LIONS!!! I have watched most of the games this season. I am impressed with what I have seen in the performances this team has accomplished. The key is to play smarter than the opponents. Play on their weakiness. Use it to your advantage. Find holes. Block out anything that means nothing. Don’t let NO in into your heads. Don’t rent out the space in your head. Concentrate on the next play. You’re a team. You know the drill. Give yourselves more credit.
    Be confident!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lastly, BE PROUD!!!!!!!!

    As for Drew B, if you stop him- GAME OVER!!!!!!!!

  17. By Peter on Jan 5, 2012 | Reply

    I think we need to manage the clock better. We can’t take the lead in the fourth quarter and leave more than 20 second on the clock. Also, we need to take more time on offense. Eat the clock to keep NO off the field.

    In a nutshell:
    Better Time Management
    Try to work on adding more run plays to lengthen time of possession.

    Go Lions!!!!!

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