LIONS INSIDER

Louis Delmas active, Calvin Johnson to sit vs. New England

Posted Aug 22, 2013

After much anticipation, safety Louis Delmas will play Thursday night

After much speculation and debate on whether Lions receiver Calvin Johnson and safety Louis Delmas will play in tonight's regular season tune-up vs. the Patriots, we have our answer.

Johnson will sit out while Delmas is currently active.

This will be another opportunity for Detroit's reserve receivers to step up in Johnson's absence. Last week at Cleveland, the Lions' starters on offense recorded just four first downs and three points in five series vs. the Browns.

On defense, Delmas will be making his first appearance this preseason. That means we'll get a look at the projected Week 1 starting secondary of Delmas, Glover Quin, Chris Houston and Darius Slay for the first time in game action.

Delmas has been on a limited practice schedule during training camp with the idea of getting him ready for the regular season. But Delmas told reporters this week that he wanted to play and that he felt it was important to knock some of the rust of.

Apparently, the coaching staff agreed.

The secondary has struggled the first two weeks of the preseason, allowing Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez and Cleveland's Brandon Weeden to combine for 242 yards passing, a 72 percent completion percentage with three touchdowns and one interception.

Cornerback Chris Greenwood will also be getting his first game action. It'll be the first game action for the second-year cornerback, who missed all of last year with an abdominal injury and the first two preseason games because of a hamstring injury.

Rookie Larry Warford will also make his first start of the preseason.

Not in the lineup for the Lions will be quarterback Shaun Hill, cornerback Ross Weaver, tight end Matt Veldman and defensive tackle John Drew.