Camp Notebook: Louis Delmas wants to play; Lions cut ties with Mike Thomas and more

Posted Aug 19, 2013

Delmas wants to be on the field vs. New England, Lions release Thomas, QB Shaun Hill rests and more from Lions' camp

Louis Delmas wants to play football when the Patriots come to town Thursday.

It still remains to be seen if coaches and trainers will let him.

Delmas was back on the practice field for the first time in nearly two weeks Monday morning and said afterward that he wants to participate in what's typically the most playing time for the starters in the preseason in the third game.

"Right now, that's my goal," Delmas said. "I'm tired of doing just warm-ups and seeing my troops go out there and play the game without me. Right now, for me, that's definitely my goal, and I plan on getting out there and playing."

Delmas participated in individual drills, seven-on-seven and did some team work with the starters on defense against the scout-team offense during practice. He said he'd like to get some preseason game action before the start of the regular season.

"Definitely," Delmas said. "I don't think there is one athlete who can just sit back and not play any games and go out there and have a successful game."

But that's exactly what he did last year when he missed all of the preseason and the first four games of the regular season and then had a terrific game in his debut against Philadelphia.

If he plays Thursday, Delmas said he'll only play one speed.

"That's all I know," Delmas said. "I hate to say it, but I drive the same way, I walk the same way, just full speed, or you're just hustling backwards. So when I go out there, I'm just going to give it my all and play 100 mph. If you play careful, you'll get hurt.

"I'm kind of excited. It's crazy, because I usually don't mess up on plays, but today, I got very excited, to the point where I even went up to my coach and I said, 'Man, I messed up on that play.' I'm feeling good. I'm excited to get out there and play."


The team cut ties with Mike Thomas on Monday, releasing the receiver they traded for last October.

Thomas caught just five passes and one touchdown in nine games with the Lions last year. He'd been mostly relegated to third- and fourth-team work in training camp.

The Lions still owe Thomas $1 million in guaranteed salary from the $1.45 million deal he signed with the Jaguars before the Lions traded for him. They gave up a reported fifth-round pick in the deal.

Thomas was a productive slot receiver in Jacksonville, catching 158 passes his first three seasons in the league, but he was behind Nate Burleson and Ryan Broyles in the slot during camp and never really caught on as an outside threat.

His release Monday gives him enough time to possibly catch on with another team before the regular season.


Along with Delmas, defensive end Jason Jones was back at practice Monday. Jones has been dealing with a sore knee in camp, that's limited his practice schedule, but he hasn't missed either of the team's first two games.

Missing practice were: receiver Calvin Johnson, receiver Ryan Broyles, quarterback Shaun Hill, guard Leroy Harris, defensive tackle John Drew and cornerback Ross Weaver.

Johnson missed last week's game in Cleveland.

"He pushed through it this weekend," head coach Jim Schwartz said of his star receiver. "Then we decided to ease off of him yesterday and today. We'll see when we can get him back. He's just day-to-day."

As for Hill?

"He's just resting," Schwartz said. "You know he's got his 12-year badge or 10-year badge, whatever it is.

"We're in a good situation there where he doesn't have to take a lot of reps we have been trying to monitor. He's got, just like all these other guys, some bumps and bruises and things like that. We just decided to rest him."