Lions consider Delmas day-to-day with a knee injury

Posted Oct 29, 2012

It’s the last thing Lions fans wanted to see. Safety Louis Delmas limping toward the sideline asking for a replacement.

Delmas asked to be taken off the field in the third quarter of Sunday's 28-24 win vs. Seattle after he was beat on a long pass play by Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice that nearly resulted in a long completion.

The injury to his left knee may have actually occurred the previous play, though, when Delmas came up to make a stop of running back Marshawn Lynch in the flat.

Delmas made the play for only a 1-yard gain, but stood up and immediately looked down at his left leg, limping slighty as he walked off the field.

He was playing in just his third game since undergoing knee surgery in August and the obvious concern is the fact that Sunday's injury was to that same knee.

"Well, he had some tests today,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said Monday at his weekly press conference.

"He’s day to day, he's sore. I don’t know if I can classify it as a re-injury, but it’s his sore knee that’s been bothering him through training camp and the season. He’s a hard worker, tough guy. We’ll try to work through it."

Delmas was replaced by Erik Coleman in Sunday's game. The Lions are still without safety Amari Spievey, who is recovering from a concussion. Schwartz said Spievey still had some hurdles to clear before he can return to the practice field.

Delmas’ injury is just another in a long string of injuries in the secondary. Through seven games, the Lions have yet to start the same four players in the secondary in any two games.