Louis Delmas unlikely to play in preseason

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It's looking more and more unlikely that Louis Delmas will play for the Detroit Lions before the regular season.

At this time last week, we were talking about the possibility of Detroit Lions safety Louis Delmas playing in the team's preseason opener. Delmas said he felt good after practicing, and he made it known that he wanted to play against the New York Jets.

Since then, Delmas hasn't practiced at all for the Lions. He did take part in warm-ups before the Jets game, but he didn't actually play in it. That's all he's done in the last week, and he admitted on Tuesday that it's unlikely he will be able to see the field in a game in the preseason. From MLive:

"I'm kind of doubtful about it, but I still want to get out there and participate with my teammates before actually hitting the regular season running," Delmas said. [...]

"Is it important for me to get out there? Yes. But is it wise? Right now, I don't think so."

Delmas clearly wants to play, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen. The Lions have been extra, extra careful with Delmas in order to make sure he doesn't aggravate his knee injury too much, and that has led to him barely practicing during training camp. As nice as it would be for him to take part in a game and continue to build on-field chemistry with fellow safety Glover Quin, like he said, it just wouldn't be wise.

The main thing here is that Delmas still believes he is on track to be ready to go for the regular season. It's obviously less than ideal that he will likely miss the entire preseason, but there's really no sense in risking injury for a player like Delmas in games that don't even count.

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