This should come as no surprise, but don't expect to see safety Louis Delmas on the field for the Detroit Lions again until the regular season rolls around. Delmas, who had knee surgery two weeks ago and hasn't practiced since then, is likely going to miss the next two weeks as well. While Lions head coach Jim Schwartz isn't setting a timetable one way or another, he made it clear on Monday that the focus is on simply getting Delmas ready for the regular season. From MLive:
"We're closing in on that (getting Delmas ready for the regular season) for sure," Schwartz said. "He's not to the point that he's even on a progression right now. He's week-to-week. He's not day-to-day.
"A lot of those other guys are day-to-day as they come out. He's week-to-week."
The Lions' season opener will end up being just about a month after Delmas' surgery. While the plan all along has been for him to be ready to go in time for Week 1 of the season, it's far from a sure thing. We're less than three weeks away from the start of the season and Delmas is still considered week-to-week, so it's certainly possible that he could miss the season opener.
If that were to happen, the Lions would likely go with the starting safety tandem of John Wendling and Erik Coleman that we've seen in recent weeks. I certainly think the Lions can get by with them to open the season if Delmas isn't ready, and it's probably for the best that the team doesn't try to rush him back given his injury history.