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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19 Responses to “Lions get Louis Delmas back on the practice field”

  1. By Sagmich on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    Whoopi!!! Getting Delmas is not going to do much good anyway. How good is he? Really have not seen him do that much defensively since his rookie season. Lions need more than Delmas to turn this season around.

  2. By chris on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    Sagmich, have you watched the games? do u notice the tackling? The lions Secondary has missed so many tackles, having one of our best tacklers back will limit some of those big plays and make teams drive down the feild which will give our pass rushers more chances to make plays. We play the eagles next game and if you havnt noticed there offense can make big plays with vick, deasan jackson, maclin and mccoy, having delmas back is very crucial, i am very excited!

  3. By keith on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    That’s the second best news we could have heard.

    You know folowing the “Special Teams Coach has been replaced” that is. Or even “Special Teams problems have been identified and fixed”

  4. By Sagmich on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    I have seen all four game. One person is not going to correct all the missed tackles. Mind you I have watched Delmas out there also and saw him miss a few tackles himself. This team needs a complete overhaul of special teams. I am sorry but one person is not going to fix the Lions. Will help a bit. That is just the point the Eagles are going to run all over us if certain other things that are wrong are not fixed in two weeks. The defensive line that looks like they do not want to hit anyone. Stafford has his arm on and head on straight, Megatron becomes Megatron again, Pettigrew can all of a sudden hold on to the ball in crucial situations along with Young not dropping passes. Mikel running for a significant amount of yardage and put Kevin Smith in the damn game. The offensive line doing their job. Get rid of Backus and Raiola. Just way to much that has to happen. I am not trying to be so negative I have been a fan since 1959. But this team looks anemic! Sorry I do not mean to ruffle anyones feathers here just want a good decent team that I thought we did have.

  5. By Witness the fitness on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    Wow this is great!!! Hopfuly we can get Best back by time the lions play the Bears. But I think there gona need Delmas espically scince they are going to face Desean Jackson

  6. By Manny on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    sagmich u gotta be kidding me man! you’re such a negative fan! and how could u say that Delmas doesn’t help when all you hear is every player and coach tell you that he’s the heart of the defense(u can think our defense sucks that’s fine i can’t change your mind but keep in mind that they suck a little less with Delmas on the field) Delmas being back is a great news! and if it wasn’t for a couple of drop balls and special team mistakes u wouldn’t be saying all this stuff. (i know a win in the NFL is about the teams that make or don’t make those couple plays happen) i think if the players and coaches get their mind cleared and come back to work like last year we’ll be fine and hopefully Best is back cause he is the perfect solution to teams having their safeties so deep

  7. By wally on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with Samich 100%!! This team cannot tackle anywhere!! I have been a fan all my life, and I was excited about this year until I seen all the flaws of this team, I am disgusted, and we look like we have the good OLD Lions back! It’s going to be a long and torturous season!

  8. By Jerry on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    Putting Delmas in doesn’t guarantee anything. He is going to be rusty and it’s not like he was a tackling machine last year anyway. You forget that we had Wright back there at corner last year with Houston, so we had a pair of OK corners. Now we have a rookie who can’t keep from getting burned or pass interference penalties along with Houston. We have essentially half a defensive backfield and all the other teams know it and scheme for it. The front four have to step up and start putting pressure on the quarterbacks if we are to have a prayer against the Eagles or any team with half a passing game. ALSO…time for the receivers to stop dropping balls and time for Stafford to stop under and over throwing them.

  9. By derick cleveland on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    Brandon Marshall has been said to have attributes as Calvin Johnson yet their offensive coordinator has the ability to get him the ball why ? Scheme willing to run when it looks like a pass and not run on obvilous runnning downs

  10. By Rick on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    Sagmich, You make some vaild points. But if they were able to do everything you’re stating, ;There wouldn’t be a team in the NFL that could beat them, and I believe they’re working toward just that. As you’ll probably agree, the Lions have been notorious for keeping personnel (coaches as well as players) who should have been let go long before they parted company with the team. While it’s true that again, that the Lions have one of the premier receiving corps in the NFL, they still have the same problem they’ve always had. The Lion management has predominantly been about flash and glitter, drafting running backs, quarterbacks, and receivers, with no attention to the offensive line. It’s completely worthless to do this, if you can’t protect the quarterback long enough for him to get the ball to the receiver, or the running back to get a few more yards down the field. I shutter to think what kind of yards Barry Sanders would have had, had he had the same kind of line the Emmitt Smith had at Dallas, or Walter Payton had in Chicago. I’m not trying to take anything away from these other running backs. But you have to admit that they had a little more help from the offensive linemen. Coach Schwarta needs to develop some offensive linemen who can at least equal, if not surpass Raiola and Backus, as well as fill the other offensive line positions with individuals who can do the job.

    Mr. Twentyman, iF you’re a professional JOURNALIST, you should know the difference between “their” and “there”, or are you just a glorified blogger?
    “their was a significant drop in the production” (possessive pronoun vs. preposition)

  11. By Sagmich on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    Rick, I know no team in the NFL could beat them if all that was to be. I am aware of that and I do agree with all you have said. I still believe they are working towards that also. Well put!!!

  12. By rockbo1955 on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    Well the lions pick up a defensive end and another db cut by the cowboys a special team player or db help! will see! This team is going through what is called and happen to lot of teams they go to super bowl and the following year! they cant play football! well that is whats happening to lions making to the playoff was like wining the super bowl ! Can blame them we have not had much to cheer about prior to the season’s before ! The team captains need hold a meeting with the whole team and air out all there differences and far as special teams the need who s playing and who s not and make some changes with player put in some else in the spot that is weak and find some who can have the mentality to hit and tackle and stay in his position not get out place! no I am Still believe that we have the right coach and we will overcome whats going on right now! What I can’t believe all those who our calling for coach’s Head coach Schwartz is the right man the short memory of all you of all the coach’s we have gone through go back to Wayne Fonts the last decent coach we had and you have have there never to ask for his head Maybe that is the fans problem ! A true fan stick it out to the end and reserve his judgement till the season is over!

  13. By Sagmich on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    I am one that is not calling for Schwartz’s head. Maybe Linehan, Cunningham and defineltely Crossman. We are only four games into the season firing coaches and shaking more up than needs to be is not the right way to go either. Lets hope they get it together.

  14. By Aaron on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    Heart. The Lions need a whole lot of heart to start winning again. I was at the Lions vs. Vikings game and I saw an entire team just going through the motions. It is very confusing to me and doesn’t make any sense. There is plenty of talent where needed with these Lions.

    Another problem is adjusting/adapting to changes throughout games. They aren’t catching on to hints, or anything for that matter. Four games in and they finally figure out teams are playing prevent D to stop Johnson. This should have been addressed after the 49er game. Special teams has been abysmal, no change there either.

    They get LeShoure back and suddenly completely bench Smith. Smith was doing a great job at RB! LeShoure will be a great RB as well, but no reason to kick Smith out of the game.

    I love the Lions and will always be a fan. Last couple years have been awesome and we have just reached a rough point… once again.

    Here’s to the rest of the season and a ROARING comeback!

  15. By Sagmich on Oct 4, 2012 | Reply

    Manny, no not a negative fan a fan who sees a team just going through the motions with absolutely no fire in their hearts. Delmas is not the cure all for this team. Calvin is the heart and soul of the offense and the others are still dropping passes and running the routes wrong and not getting away from their defenders. What Delmas is going to go out on the field and all of a sudden our defense is going to play better? That means that Houston and company will be grabbing interceptions and tackling correctly when Delmas is in. Okay I’ll give see what happens against the Eagles. Like I have said before whatever the coaches are talking about at halftime these last four games it definitely is not adjusting to the other teams defense and offense. If it wasn’t for a couple of dropped balls and crappy special teams play I would not be saying this? Yes I would because all the problems on this team go deeper than that. Crappy ass penalties is another issue with the Lions.

  16. By Sagmich on Oct 4, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks Wally. I am just telling it like it is as I see it. I have been a fan since I was 5 and I am now 57. I was excited about this year and even gave on the game against the Rams. You are so right this team has no heart. I agree it does look like we have the old Lions back. But I will watch every game regarless.

  17. By FRANK on Oct 5, 2012 | Reply

    LIONS NEED SOME LEADERS TO STEP UP. COACHES NEED TO SOMEHOW SEND A MESSAGE THAT PLAYERS NEED TO GIVE A CONSISTENT EFFORT. MAYBE, CUT A DEFENSIVE LINEMAN. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE WAY SUH PLAYED AS A ROOKIE? I WONDER IF HE WOULD RATHER WORK IN THE FREEZER WITH ME? IT IS -20. I THOUGHT OUR DEFENSIVE LINE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE OUR STRENGTH. OUR PASS RUSH IS PITIFUL. D-LINE NEEDS TO DO SOME STUNTING. LIONS BETTER HAVE A SPY ON VICK. DROP A LOT OF PLAYERS IN TO COVERAGE & LET HIM MAKE SOME BAD DECISIONS. DISGUISE COVERAGES. BENTLEY IS A ROOKIE & SHOULD IMPROVE HIS PLAY. HE WAS IN GREAT POSITION ON THE PASS INTERFERENCE PLAYS & DIDN’T NEED TO PUSH OFF. MAYBE, HE COULD GET AWAY WITH THAT IN COLLEGE. LIONS GOT BEAT BY TEAMS THEY SHOULD HAVE BEAT. NOW IT IS TIME TO BEAT THE EAGLES. IF LIONS CAN LEARN HOW TO SCORE TDS, IN THE FIRST HALF THEY CAN LEARN HOW TO PUT AWAY TEAMS IN THE SECOND HALF. WHY NOT PLAY BROYLES MORE? THE LIONS NEED TO EXECUTE THE PLAYS & COME UP WITH SOME BIG PLAYS & TAKEAWAYS & THEY CAN GO ON A ROLL LIKE LAST YEAR. HOPEFULLY, THE LOSS EMBARRASSED THE LIONS & THEY START PLAYING LIKE A PLAYOFF TEAM! MATTHEW STAFFORD IS TOO GOOD TO NOT MAKE THE PLAYOFFS. IF THE LIONS WANT TO WIN MORE THAN THE OTHER TEAM, THEY CAN BEAT MOST TEAMS. OF COURSE, YOU CAN’T GIVE UP 2 OR MORE TDS ON SPECIAL TEAMS & OFFENSIVE TURNOVERS. WHEN THE OPPOSING TEAM FUMBLES LIONS NEED TO FALL ON IT NOT KNOCK IT BACK TO THE OTHER TEAM
    BEATING THE EAGLES WILL GIVE THE LIONS THEIR CONFIDENCE BACK!. GO LIONS! WIN! DOMINATE! WIN! DOMINATE! DEFENSE NEEDS TO EARN THE NICKNAME OF ROUGH TOGH NASTY BUNCH.

  18. By Dean Ford on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    Listen, this guy is a big key to our Def. there is no second attempt to run one this guy he will lay the smack down, and if we can get Best back look out…….For now lets get Mel Grey and Willie Green back on the field…..

    NEXT

  19. By Chad on Oct 11, 2012 | Reply

    Listen man Delmas is gonna help period. We did this to ourselves we had the oppurtunity right in front of us to make this defense a top 5 had we drafted janoris jenkins we would have so stop crying sometimes we do this to ourselves with the draft the best available talent method not saying thats wrong but sometimes you gotta reckognize we are getting beat and its down field come on schwartz come on linehan come on these are the guys accountable we had a shut down corner on the board but we didnt pull the trigger we could have, so what if the kid had trouble issues off the field reach out to him help fix his negatives look at fairley look at leshoure etc. Either the people who are doing our scouting reports for the coaches and front office are horrible or they flat out dont care but i seen how good this lions team can be and we are just playing flat out conservative its ok to be balanced but to just lose your b##ls come on man. TURN IT AROUND

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