Louis Delmas will start vs. Eagles; Kevin Smith inactive

Posted by ttwentyman on October 14, 2012 – 11:33 am

Full starters and inactives

As expected, safety Louis Delmas will make his season debut today against the Eagles and will start. Delmas was questionable on Friday’s injury report and was limited in practice this week, but the Lions obviously feel he’s recovered enough from Aug. 7 knee surgery to give it a go.

“Yeah, each and every day I feel like I’m getting stronger,” Delmas said Friday. “But, like I said, I’m not 100-percent right now, so therefore, gameday is optional. But we’ll see. If my coaches and my trainers think I’ll be able to go then I’ll go.”

Delmas hasn’t played in a game since last year’s playoff loss to the Saints. Even then, he wasn’t 100-percent coming off a separate knee injury that kept him out of the last five games of the regular season. His return should give a big boost to a Lions defense that faces a stiff challenge today in Eagles quarterback Michael Vick and his collection of offensive weapons.

Defensive end Cliff Avril (back) and defensive tackle Sammie Hill (toe) will also play today after being questionable on Friday’s injury report.

Defensive tackle Nick Fairley will start for the injured Corey Williams (knee), who is inactive and will miss his second consecutive contest.

There are two changes to the starting lineup in the secondary with Jacob Lacey starting in place of rookie Bill Bentley at right cornerback and Amari Spievey starting at strong safety for Erik Coleman.

Running back Kevin Smith is also among the Lions’ inactives today. Smith’s role has declined over recent weeks with the return of Mikel Leshoure and the emergence of Joique Bell.

The other five inactive for the Lions are: safety Ricardo Silva, linebacker Tahir Whitehead, offensive tackles Jason Fox and Corey Hilliard and quarterback Kellen Moore.

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3 Responses to “Louis Delmas will start vs. Eagles; Kevin Smith inactive”

  1. By mickd on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Stafford has struggled with the Bears Tampa two and their variations he will see on Monday. Lets work the outside with easy passes to wide outs and flair passes to his backs to get Stafford on track early. Stafford this year has rushed his throws on five step drops. Must get Schef involved early and often. When Schef has a big game the Lions typically win. The defensive line both tackles and ends must have a stellar game for lions to pull off a win against Chicago forcing Cutler into some bad throws. Now that our defense has a couple of interceptions under their belt, our defense needs to start scoring points. Chicago likes to play aggressive in the secondary( Peanut) so lets set him up and burn him with a deep ball. Delmas needs to play peanut by stripping the ball from our receivers in practice drills all this week. Lets not leave out Pettigrew from strip drills either. Please remove Staffords bailout sideline pass to Schef we don’t need anymore interceptions. Lets also work Young in the middle his outside routes need work.

  2. By larsenbj on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    Could someone PLEASE tell me why I can’t get the games on Fox. I have Dish and I live in Eastern Washington state. You schedules say you are on Fox.

  3. By larsenbj on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t know if my question went through so here it is again.

    Could someone PLEASE tell me why I can’t see the games on my Dish Network. You schedule says games are on Fox but when I go to Fox some other team is playing. I live on the Eastern side of Washington state. I’m missing the ganes – yikes.

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