Johnson: “It’s too early in the season to say we’re out of it in the division”

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on October 3, 2012 – 4:45 pm

“The mood around here has been fine. A lot of things we’ve gone over are a lot of little things. It’s the details, the reason why we haven’t won these last few games – especially the last two. If we would have been sticking to the details a little bit more, a lot of those mistakes that we had that ended up being so big wouldn’t have been there at all.

“It’s just a matter of the details. If and when we do correct those or get on top of those details, a lot of those mistakes will be gone and things will start to go the other way for us.

“Looking at us as an offense, it’s been tough. Last year things were way different because we saw single-high safety, cover one. This year they’re prevent, three safeties deep. We can’t just do what we did last year. At the same time we just have to nickel and dime them and that’s where the details come. Teams are going to make us drive 10 plays down the field to score so that’s where we need the details to get down there.

“It’s too early in the season to say we’re out of it in the division. We’re just a quarter of the way through. Being 1-3 is a big learning experience for us – we have to get our minds right to come back and try and flip that script.

“As a captain if things are going good you kind of fall to the back. But when things get tough you have to be there whether it be supporting or encouraging your teammates. Just keep everybody up. That’s my role right now. And I have to step up and start doing a little more, especially in these times.

“Getting five days off will be good for me physically. Get that body back to feeling good. That’s the most important thing. Get the body feeling good, we get another four-week span of games and then get another mini bye week for after Thanksgiving. We have a pretty good setup going into the end of the season even though our bye week came kind of early.”

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Lions get Louis Delmas back on the practice field

Posted by ttwentyman on October 3, 2012 – 12:34 pm

The Lions got some very good news Wednesday as safety Louis Delmas returned to the practice field for the first time since July. Delmas didn’t seem limited at all in the portion of practice open to the media.

He underwent surgery on an his ailing knee Aug. 7 and his recovery has been a little slower than most anticipated. But that’s all in the past now, as the Lions have their heart and soul on defense back. It’s likely he’ll play next week in Philadelphia as long as his knee reacts well to practice.

Delmas missed the last five games of the regular season last year and their was a significant drop in the production of the secondary during that time. The Lions allowed 128 more passing yards per game and nearly six more points per game without Delmas.

The Lions also got rookie linebacker Travis Lewis back on the practice field. Lewis hasn’t played since Week 1 because of quad injury.

Safety Amari Spievey was also back at practice. He missed Sunday’s game against the Vikings with a groin injury.

Not participating in practice for the Lions Wednesday, their final practice before they break for the bye week, were: DE Cliff Avril, C Dominic Raiola, LB Stephen Tulloch, CB Bill Bentley, DT Corey Williams, G Rob Sims, TE Brandon Pettigrew and LB Justin Durant.

The Lions also signed cornerback Lionel Smith to their practice squad. Smith was cut by the Cowboys.

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