Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew told reporters at last month’s NFL Scouting Combine that Louis Delmas’ injury history would be taken into consideration when deciding whether to re-sign the talented young safety or not.
“I think that we really focus on an injury history, injury background, on their personal character, football character, their playing ability, obviously,” Mayhew said when asked about Delmas specifically.
“But the injury question always comes into play. It’s something that you always want to be aware of, you want to know what you’re buying and I think that’s going to be a factor going forward for a lot of our free agents.”
Mayhew said the Lions’ doctors were “still evaluating his situation and … making those decisions.”
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Lions have flown Delmas back to Allen Park for a physical. Free agency begins Tuesday at 4 p.m.
The Lions have always wanted Delmas back for 2013 and beyond. He’s the heart and soul of the Lions’ defense and one of their few play makers on that side of the football.
It was never a question of his talent, but rather a worry that the 13 games he’s missed the last two seasons because of knee troubles might be a concerning trend.
The Lions are going to do their homework. Hopefully the physical checks out and that’s the last hurdle to him being re-signed.
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