The Lions secondary woes have continued into 2012. Unfortunately, safety Louis Delmas underwent surgery on his left knee yesterday, according to the Detroit Lions. Fortunately, the Lions are hopeful that it’s not quite as bad as it sounds.
Delmas has experienced soreness in his knee since the beginning of training camp last week and , as a result, has practiced very little.
“First it was sore and it was, ‘OK, take a day off,’” Schwartz said. “And then the next day it was still sore and he tried to go again, he tried to get back in and we just weren’t getting anywhere with it. So that was really the only thing that changed.”
Delmas, who was seen by sports surgeon Dr. James Andrews, is expected to be week to week, according to Lions head coach Jim Schwartz, but said they do not have a timetable for his return.
While Delmas did miss five games last season with a sprained MCL in his knee, it is at least a little promising that this time is was his left knee, instead of his right.
With Amari Spievey currently the other starting safety, Delmas’ injury means players like Erik Coleman, Don Carey, Ricardo Silva, and John Wendling will get more first-team reps, and will likely be fighting for a starting spot come September.
I can tell you that the loss of Delmas for more than a game or two would be rough for a secondary that is trying to move on and forget the last half of last season. Delmas’ value is grossly underrated in my opinion and it’s impossible to know how his replacements will perform until the regular season actually starts.