Delmas participated in the individual portion of practice Wednesday and didn’t seem limited at all by a sore knee that required surgery on Aug. 7.
Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said after practice that Thursday would be a bigger day for Delmas to see how the knee reacted to practicing. Beyond that, how it reacts to subsequent practices moving forward will be the determining factor in whether he plays next week in Philadelphia or not.
“He moved around; he only did individual today but he did it at a high level,” Schwartz said. “The key for him is going to be not how he did today, because he did well, it’s how he does tomorrow. How the knee responds: if it swells up, if it’s stiff, if it’s those things, because he had a pretty good workday.
“It’s not a full workday but he did some good things. It’s really going to be not what he did today; it’s how he responds to what he did today.”
Delmas did not take any questions after practice but did make a statement:
“I did practice today for the first time since my second day of camp and it feels great,” he said. “Play time is questionable. I’ll leave it up to my trainers and coaches and that’s pretty much it.”
The Lions are hoping he’ll be ready for their game in Philadelphia Oct. 14 after this week’s bye.
With Delmas on the field, the Lions' defense is a much better unit. When Delmas missed the last five games of the regular season last year with a knee injury, the Lions gave up an average of 128 more passing yards than their first 11 games with him and 5.6 more points per game.
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Defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham said at the time that not having Delmas played a role in the decline.
“Just to see him back out there was a spark in my attitude knowing that I’m going to have him out there soon,” said cornerback