Throughout training camp and the preseason, Delmas has instead been the source of many fans’ fears due to a groin injury he suffered during the team’s final mini-camp.
Though he came off the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list relatively quickly, he hasn’t had a consistent practice schedule. The coaching staff has played it safe with Delmas, making sure he doesn’t suffer further injury while preparing to make his 2010 debut.
“Just having an opportunity to be where I’m at is a pleasure, but me – having this injury – I’ve been kind of down,” said Delmas.
As much as the fans miss Delmas on the field, his teammates miss him just as much – if not more. The spark he brings can’t be duplicated and the Lions’ coaching staff has counted on having both him and
“My personality – I didn’t know, but I guess it takes the team a long way,” said Delmas. “I look forward to getting back out there and letting them feed off it.”
It has been tough for Delmas to remain on the sideline this preseason, considering the steps forward the Detroit defense is making.
“The front four is crazy,” he said. “Vanden Bosch – he has no sense at all. All he wants to do is scream and tackle people. Big Suh, he’s very strong and very athletic and he’s very smart along with Avril and C-Dub (
“Those four guys compliment each other very well and I think, in the long run, the secondary will be able to benefit off it.”
Delmas knows the back seven still has a lot of room for improvement, but he like what he sees from Levy, who he says is “a great player and a smart, hardworking player.”
As much as he sees improvement, nothing beats being on the field, though, and Delmas is chomping at the bit to get back out there.
He is hoping that day will be Saturday against Cleveland, but both he and Lions’ fans will just have to wait and see what the coaches decide.
“I just want to tell the fans to stop worrying,” he said. “I’m a soldier. I’m going to try everything I can to get out there if it’s okay for me. If I need to be out there, I’m going to be out there. If there is pain and I can deal with it and it’s not going to injure me any further, then of course I’ll be out there.
“I just can’t wait to be out there with (the defense) for four quarters, battling it out and getting in on that excitement that they’ve got.”