It's been an all-too-common theme for the Lions this year as they're likely to head into Sunday's game against Green Bay with only half of their starting secondary.
If Delmas doesn't play Sunday against Green Bay it'll be his third straight game and Spievey his fourth. Delmas also missed the team's first four games because of an injury to the same knee.
"I miss them. I miss them both," Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham said of Delmas and Spievey. "They're good kids and they work really hard.
"Obviously, they have something I want. It could be like Christmas when you're a poor kid. I think I was one of those poor kids. I was always hoping for that bike and I never got it."
Cunningham should have cornerback
Just add Sunday to the growing list of games that Cunningham could started a different combination of players in his secondary. He's started the same four players in back-to-back games just once.
Cunningham says he's been rolling a lot of coverages in and out of the game plan each week to help protect the backend of his defense and all the new combinations of players he's had.
"When you've got so many (new) defensive backs every week you've got to protect them somehow," he said.
"One thing you have to do as a signal-caller, one thing I learned a long time ago is you roll the coverages. You never give the quarterback too many of the same looks because they're not stupid.
"Aaron Rodgers probably could have gone to Harvard, easily. You give him the same look and he'll chew you up. If you have a deficiency, you've (got players) in there because of injuries, you've got to protect those guys. You've got to know how to do it so we work really hard at all that."
But according to Cunningham, it ultimately comes down to the front seven getting the Lions through the injuries in the secondary.
"That front seven's making a lot of money," he said. "I don't care if they don't like it, you know, I just show them the paycheck they get. So, they have to protect the rest of us."