The Lions still don’t know if they’ll have safety
Delmas sat out of Thursday’s 38-32 preseason win over the Bills, not having practiced since undergoing surgery on his left knee Aug. 7.
“If he’s going to play, he’s going to need to get out there at some point,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said of Delmas having to return to practice at some point this week in order to be able to play Sunday at Ford Field. “He’s getting better, that’s all I can say.”
The Lions went ahead with the procedure Aug. 7 in the hopes that it was far enough in advance of Week 1 that Delmas would be ready to go by the beginning of the regular season.
Delmas hasn’t talked to the media since the procedure and usually watches practice from an observation deck attached to the team’s practice facility in Allen Park.
Schwartz said Delmas is “making good progress” but also said that he won’t play his fourth-year safety against the Rams unless he practices first.
“I don’t want to say Monday (when Lions return to the practice field) is his biggest thing,” Schwartz said. “It’s probably … we’re going to need to see him get on the field. His first action isn’t going to be Sunday against the Rams.
“He’s going to need to get back. But I think he’s on a good path. I don’t know when he’ll get back, but he’s been improving every day. He’s been making good progress.”
Delmas missed five games last year with a knee injury to his right knee.