Louis Delmas looking forward to getting back on the field, but won't overdo it

Posted Jul 26, 2013

The Lions are entering this season with a plan in place for Delmas, monitoring his practice time closely during camp and the regular season

Louis Delmas might not always agree with the practice plan in place to try and get him on the field 16 times this fall, but the fifth-year pro knows it's a good one.

Delmas has missed 13 games the last two seasons with knee troubles and the Lions are entering this season with a plan in place to monitor his practice time closely during training camp and the regular season. The hope is it will keep the knee healthy enough to perform on Sundays.

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"Being a player such as myself, I want to get out there participate with my teammates," Delmas said after practice Friday. He only took part in individual drills.

"The coaching staff, owners and the organization has a good plan for me and I plan on sticking to that plan so I can get ready for the season."

Delmas' health and availability is key to the Lions' plans on defense this year. They seem to be strong up the middle on defense and have a nice young combo at safety now with Delmas the addition of Glover Quin this offseason.

"A true, true ballplayer," Delmas said of Quin.

"That is something we haven't had here in a long time. I'm not dogging any of my teammates, but he is the true definition of a ball player. He can go out there and anticipate things and make plays that aren't supposed to be made. I'm excited to get out there with him."

When exactly that will be is yet to be determined, but it might be as soon as Sunday, when the team plans to be in full pads for the first time.

"We'll probably sit him tomorrow, and bring him back on Sunday," head coach Jim Schwartz said after practice. "And maybe each day try to get a little bit more. He did individual today and maybe extend it a little bit more depending on how he's feeling.

"Like I said the other day, we're going to have to be very proactive in the way we handle him and it's going to take a lot of discipline on our part and on his part. There are going to be some days where he's feeling fine, but we have to have the discipline to stay with the schedule and I think he's on board with all that."

More than anything, it was good to see Delmas back in a good spirits and engaging with both his teammates and the media. That wasn't always the case this spring, when he was visibly frustrated with the progress of his knee, and somewhat aloof.

Friday, Delmas seemed like the Delmas of old.

"I think mental attitude is important through all that stuff," Schwartz said. "It's a grind when you go through camp and when you're trying to get your way through. He went out and did some individual stuff, and had a brace on his knee, he was working through that."

Delmas is going to deal with the schedule that's now on his plate the best way he knows how and will work through it.

"It is feeling great right now but you don't want to overdo it," he said of the knee. "Like I said, I want to be ready Week 1."